Cullman County is set to begin construction on its first public firing range for residents to use for target practice.
County workers have graded the site of the proposed range located just off County Road 122 near the old county landfill. Now officials just need the weather to cooperate to allow workers to begin pouring concrete and building shooting pavilions, said Sheriff Mike Rainey.
“It will be something real nice to have for residents to come out to practice or sight in their rifle,” Rainey said. “It can be hard to find a rural area to shoot. This way, people will have a place to go.”
County Engineer Jon Brunner is currently drawing up plans for the range which currently includes 25-yard pistol ranges and 100-yard rifle ranges, Rainey said. Once complete — Rainey said he hoped it would be ready to use by summer or earlier — it would be the first public firing range in Cullman County.
“It will be free to the public, and we want citizens to come out and use it,” said Stanley Yarbrough, Cullman County Associate Commission, Place 2.
Rainey said a committee will be formed to devise rules and stipulations for the range. The county plans to follow guidelines similar established for Etowah County’s firing range, he said.
“Once it gets up and going, we plan to offer some training and classes,” he said.
Rainey said opening a public firing range is a goal he’s had since becoming sheriff in 2010. One of the closest public firing ranges locally is at Swan Creek in Limestone County.
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