MOUNT PLEASANT - Town council voted down Tuesday an indoor shooting range in a shopping center with family-oriented businesses and adjacent to a neighborhood pool.
Palmetto State Armory wanted to open a retail store selling fishing and hunting gear including firearms in the vacant former Food Lion anchor at National Crossing Shopping Center. Plans for the store included the indoor shooting range,
However, business owners in the shopping center at the entrance of Charleston National said the range would pose safety, noise and traffic problems.
Several residents who support bringing an indoor shooting range to Mount Pleasant said it would be better suited to a building zoned light industrial. The shooting range is not a permitted use of the now-vacant storefront.
Charleston National resident Bill Farley, a member of the National Rifle Association, said the issue is proximity to a residential area.
"I am very much in favor of a shooting range in East Cooper," Farley said. "But not in this location."
Resident Steve Wakeford called it "ill thought out placement."
The shopping center is home to a dance studio, karate school, church, veterinarian and other businesses and is adjacent to the neighborhood's pool. School buses drop off students in the parking lot.
Palmetto State Armory is a growing company that does more than $120 million in gross sales. It operates three state-of-the-art shooting ranges statewide that exceed safety requirements, co-owner Julian Wilson said at last week's council planning committee.
"Safety is absolutely paramount," Wilson said.
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