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Popular shooting range to close

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FINLEY, Wash. -- The KGH Board has unanimously voted to close a popular shooting range to the public.

"No trespassing signs" will go up at the land that they own near Hover Park on Ayers Road . KGH says based on their attorney's opinion, the recommendation was to close it off because it of liability reasons.

Last month a boy was hit in the leg with a bullet that likely came from the land. Chuck Barnes, Executive Director of Support Services for KGH says that shooting was definitely a factor in the decision, but it wasn't the only one.

"It wasn't just the two shootings.  We get routine complaints that are fairly regular from folks that shoot irresponsibly and people that try and shoot [AK-47s] out there.  You know weapons that are not really range weapons.  And so its folks that just don't act responsibly," said Barnes.

The board did leave open the possibility that they could lease out the land to someone who is interested in opening an organized range.

It'll take at least 30 days to put up the "No trespassing signs."

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