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Homeowners near shooting range in legal battle against Harnett County

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By Eileen Park

Homeowners fighting a long legal battle against Harnett County over a nearby shooting range met Sunday to update the community on their efforts.

Drake Landing used to be a farm, but in the last 10 years they’ve evolved to a full-blown shooting range, operating under an Agri-Tourism permit and as a result is exempt from specific zoning ordinances. Homeowners say that needs to change.

“It’s not fair for people to have to suffer, for somebody like that to make money,” said Lynwood Hare, who lives near Drake Landing. “There’s noise from early in the morning until late at night seven days a week.”

But it’s more than just a noise issue.

“It’s hurt the value of my property. I’ve got property I would love to sell, but nobody is going to move in with all this shooting,” said Hare.

Earlier this year NBC-17 was invited to the home of Glen Finch. He says he’s been living in fear ever since bullets went flying into his bedroom this past December.

At a meeting aimed at rallying support, not as many people showed up as the president of the North Harnett Property Rights Association hoped for.

“We’re seeking the county to require Drake Landing, to go through the conditional use permitting process,” said Kent Jeffries, president of NHPRA.

But the battle to place restrictions on Drake Landing has been a long struggle; a case where business and politics are mixed.

“Most of the property is owned by County Commissioner Dan Andrews. His son and his daughter-in-law are the operators of Drake Landing. So, there’s a connection there between our county government and Drake Landing,” Jeffries said.

NBC-17 reached out to the Andrews camp to get their side of the story, but they didn’t want to comment. Right now homeowners next court session is set for November, but it might be postponed, due to scheduling conflicts.

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