GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Green Island is moving toward the possibility of a commercial shooting range opening in the village, on the heels of the new state gun control law.
Veterans Gun Depot opened six months ago on Lower Hudson Avenue in Green Island. Business has been so good the owner wants to expand, moving one block up the road to a 7,500-square-foot empty trucking warehouse.
The gun store would expand and the owner says the warehouse on Lower Hudson Avenue would become a 14-lane commercial indoor firing range.
On Tuesday night, the Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously to allow the shooting range. If the Planning Board approves the proposal next month, construction would begin immediately.
"We need a place for customers to go to safely learn how to train on the firearms and a place to shoot. The best place to shoot safely is indoors and that's what we are trying to provide them," says Leslie McDermott of the Veterans Gun Depot.
The mayor says she doesn't like guns herself, but the proposal has adequate safe guards such as participants, even police officers, have to go to a four-hour safety training course before they are allowed to bring their own weapon to the range.
The law would allow the discharge of firearms on the premise, inside the building only. Previously, only police authorities could fire a weapon in Green Island.
The Planning Board is scheduled to meet on March 18th at 6:15 p.m. If they vote in favor, the firing range could open within a few months.