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Furniture Store Becomes Firing Range

What used to be a furniture store could soon be one of the largest indoor firing ranges in the area.
There's still a few hurdles before gun shop Top Guns in Terre Haute can relocate to the Furniture Gallery site on 7th Street.
   
One of those steps was rezoning the property.

The Vigo County Area Planning Commission approved that rezoning request Wednesday night.

The proposed indoor firing range would be the largest of its kind in the Wabash Valley.

"Because of the building size, it's allowed us to put in a 50-yard indoor range which is roughly double that of normal ranges and is really unheard of," said Steve Ellis, Top Guns owner.

At the area plan commission meeting, citizens voiced concerns about the sound and what would stop bullets from exiting the building.

Ellis addressed those concerns.

"Inside the building, we will be basically building a whole other building that is made out of concrete walls. And so that would stop not only the bullets but also sound from exiting," explained Ellis.

He feels a firing range would attract visitors from outside Terre Haute, benefitting the community.

"Ultimately, our goal is to not just bring local customers in but hopefully to pull from the outside communities, maybe as far as three or four hours away," Ellis added.

His goal might do just that, as one customer at Top Guns said he'd make the two hour drive to visit the range.

"In Evansville, we have good indoor ranges but nothing that can handle rifles or certainly anything up to 50-yards," added Daniel Ingler of Evansville, In. "So it'd be great to come up here and plank a few rounds down range."

Now that the property has been rezoned, the next step for Steve Ellis is purchasing the property from Kim and Jim Worland, who own the Furniture Gallery.
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