HPD in planning stages for law-enforcement only firing range

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - In the mid-90s Huntsville Police partnered with NASA and Redstone Arsenal to construct a firing range on the arsenal. For years it has been where Huntsville Police have done their firearms training.

Now that 22 agencies use the range, and Huntsville Police have been finding it difficult to schedule the time they need.

Which is why they are now in the planning stages for a new firing range, exclusively for HPD use.

"It`s a lot of preliminary work, a lot of drawings, architects engineers. There have to be facilities out there, power, sanitary facilities, in addition to EPA considerations because you`re shooting bullets and there`s lead involved," explained Chief Lewis Morris.

Morris says at this point there is not a specific timeline for construction. But they've scouted a property near the Tennessee River.

"It's in an area that`s not heavily populated," Morris assured.

The city's 2015 capital plan includes $200,000 for the firing range project this year, with additional funding in 2017.

The range would be used by HPD's 450 officers, but could potentially serve other law enforcement agencies as well.


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