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Officials kick start plan for Big Island’s first gun range

Big Island officials are moving forward with a plan to construct the island’s first gun shooting range.

West Hawaii Today reports the county Game Management Advisory Commission voted on Wednesday to begin looking for sites, funding and public and private partners.

Kohala Councilman Tim Richards and Hilo Councilwoman Sue Lee Loy co-sponsored the resolution. They say law enforcement and constituents feel residents need a place to shoot. The commission backed those claims, stating there are 1.4 million people living in Hawaii with an estimated 1.2 million firearms, but most people can’t shoot because there are no ranges on the Big Island.

The resolution was unanimously approved, but Puna Councilwoman Eileen O’Hara had some concerns.

She wants to make sure a public gun range is started, not a county range.

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