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Harnett homeowners sue to stop gunshots

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By Annette Newell

A group of Harnett County homeowners have filed a lawsuit against a nearby hunting and shooting range.

"The next shot you hear may be the one that hits you," said Harnett County homeowner Glenn Finch.

Finch says he's been living in fear since bullets went flying into his bedroom back in December.

On Monday, he and some of his neighbors, got their day in court.

At the center of the lawsuit is Drake Landing, a hunting and shooting range just miles from their homes. Lawyers for the county and the facility say the activities are legal and safe because the state exempts moneymaking activities on farms, called agritourism.

NBC-17 has contacted the Andrews Family, the owners of the shooting range, for several months to get a comment, but they refuse.

"While they've got something to decide, I think it's really not appropriate to have a whole bunch of discussion," said Drake Landing's lawyer John Brian.

For some homeowners like Finch, the discussion in court, misses the main point, the safety of their families.

"That's the most important part of this situation. They can talk about agritourism after they stop the shooting," said Finch.

"It's scary, and sooner or later, it will happen. Somebody is going to get shot or killed, and then there'll be something done about it," said Lynwood Hare, another homeowner.

Lawyers for the homeowners say the goal is not to shut down Drake Landing, they think it needs more local regulation though. A superior court judge expects to make a decision in the case this week.

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