Greenburgh Town Supervisor Wants Local Gun Range Closed Down

"This is not whether you are for gun control or against gun control, this is about gun safety," Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner told CBSNewYork.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
The fragment of a bullet fired at a gun range off Ardsley Road in Greenburgh recently grazed an unsuspecting woman in the leg while she was at a condominium complex next door, and now Town Supervisor Paul Feiner wants the range closed.

In an interview with CBSNewYork, Feiner says the issue is not about gun rights.

"This is not whether you are for gun control or against gun control, this is about gun safety," Feiner told CBSNewYork. "I don’t think a gun range should be located in a residential neighborhood."

The gun range in question, the Westchester Police Revolver and Rifle League, has been around for more than 60 years and is run by active and retired police officers. The incident occurred last month, according to The Journal News, and the bullet fragment was tested to make sure where it came from.

Feiner says that ballistics determined the fragment came from the range, and when he sought to find information from the state about what could be done, he was surprised to learn that the state doesn't regulate gun ranges, he said.

The private range temporarily shut down while the matter was being investigated, according to The Journal News.

"I was stunned," Feiner told CBSNewYork. "There's no inspections, they don't need any approvals."

Should NY regulate gun ranges, or was this an isolated incident that does not require new laws? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.
SPK July 06, 2014 at 07:33 AM
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Feiner reminds me: "You never want a crisis to go to waste. This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not before.”
Chuck Park July 06, 2014 at 12:17 PM
The big question is, can it be proved, without a doubt, that the bullet fragment did in fact come from the range? It seems like the most plausible explanation, but it could have been an accidental discharge from someone in the same condo complex. And you know they'll never step forward and accept responsibility if it was. If Jimmy buys a box of brand X ammo to shoot at the range, and Joey buys a box of brand X ammo that has the same caliber, the bullets will be identical. And maybe Joey shot his gun in a place where he wasn't supposed to. Does Jimmy automatically get the blame? I still have a nagging feeling that Feiner and TB are working together to close the range to make TB's properties more attractive to potential buyers.
SPK July 06, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Follow the money when they say it's for public safety, Chuck.
Rob T July 07, 2014 at 04:18 PM
Close all the bars, save a lot more lives....
Doyouremember July 08, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Wow this is the most reactionary thing I have heard in a while. Everyday accidents happen but when its anything related to guns the world needs to come to an end. The range has been there for decades, the range could improve itself it does not need to be shut down.


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