Residents raise concerns over Walworth County gun ranges
LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP They may not be directly in the bull’s-eye, but residents along Hodges Road and County Highway ES say they sometimes feel like they’re unwitting targets in a carnival shooting gallery.
However, the ammunition and their fears are real in this otherwise idyllic area in LaFayette Township.
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A daylong barrage at the Walworth County Shooting Range on Hodges Road on June 3 and previous prolonged shooting events at a gunsmith facility called God’s Country Ranch off County ES finally prompted a unified response from landowners.
That in turn led to letters from town officials to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and Walworth County Board of Supervisors seeking action, including calls for a potential firearms discharge ordinance in the county and restricting hours at the county-owned range.
Although noise is a big problem, especially with weekend usage, homeowners say that making the neighborhood safer is by far the most important issue.
Their concerns about the range are related to dozens of rounds of ammunition that have escaped -- primarily from ricocheting off targets -- and landed in driveways and yards across the road, as well as stray bullets that have entered or crossed properties adjacent to God’s Country.
Town of LaFayette Supervisor Judy O’Donell, who has lived on Hodges Road for 18 years, said it simply came to a point that something had to be done.
“We’ve heard slugs pinging off the roof of the building that the snowmobile club uses,” she said of the property directly north of the range’s outdoor targets, “the Johnsons have collected all kinds of casings and slugs on their property, and I’ve seen them and heard them whiz over my head because I walk along this road all of the time. So, we decided it was time to bring this to somebody’s attention, to talk about the excessive noise, but mainly from a safety perspective.”
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