Residents in Redding neighborhood push for gun range relocation

Jan 12, 2015 8:09 PM by Charlene Cheng

The Mary Lake neighborhood in west Redding isn't known to have much of a crime problem, but residents have been forced to get used to loud gunshots and stray bullets whizzing by,

"It didn't bother me until one day I was out in the garden and never gave it a second thought until a ricochet went right past my head," Joan Barclay said.

Barclay and Peter Bohatsch's home on Brinn Drive overlooks the Record gun range, which is used for practice by local law enforcement, including the Redding Police Department.

After making numerous complaints, a group of residents is teaming up to take the issue to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors.

"I hope that this gets the ball rolling and we sit down and come up with solutions that actually are workable," Bohatsch.

Over the last 12 years, they said they've found maybe 100 bullets just sitting on their driveway.

The stray ammunition is just part of concern.

As a general contractor, Bohatsch is always looking out for lead.

"They spread it all over out here and it's fragmented. The bullets have shattered and the water runs over it and I'm going to guess its a heavy metal that has to be polluting," he said.

The gun range opened in the 1950's, years before any of teh residents moved in.

Bohatsch says he was warned about the noise, but not the bullets.

He would like the gun range to be relocated, but if that's not a viable possibility, he's hoping that some kind of barrier could be built.

"I'm willing to live with some noise, and also, no bullets, never ever ever," Bohatsch said.


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