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Regarding the Groton police gun target range 150 feet from the highway garage off Route 40.

State Gun Law 269 12E states that there shall be no discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building “in use.” The highway garage is (in use). There are numerous trails in the area.

There are numerous exemptions if the property owner consents to the use, or someone is shooting blanks, but common sense would tell you 150 feet is too close to be shooting live ammunition near a building — some one could get killed.

The police should seek use of the Shirley or Westford gun clubs. In 2006 the State Court of Appeals refused to reverse a conviction for shooting blanks near a vacant building.

R. S. Stephens

Groton