“Put a lot of work into it,” said Joey Carannante, the owner of the range, as he separated the heap of sand from the wood pallets, “but, you know, safety is a priority to me.”
Carannante had set up the range in Lakewood Estates, a suburb of St. Petersburg but came under immediate fire (forgive the pun) from concerned neighbors who believed that he was putting their lives and the lives of their children in danger.
It seemed as though the matter was settled somewhat amicably, as Carannante received a free one-year membership to a local gun range: Shooters World in Tampa. Though, he maintains the membership did not factor into his decision to disassemble his private range.
Now local residents are pushing a petition that would ban shooting ranges in residential areas and within 500 feet from occupied buildings.