A few neighbors of the city’s rifle range on Pattison Road want to take a shot at closing it down.

“The range really got out of control,” said neighbor Jim Gyurasz, who has lived about 500 feet from the range for 13 years. “People are coming up there without permits, or membership. It’s been an ongoing situation.”

According to another neighbor, Judith Grinnel, the noise can be disturbing at times.

Mayor Bernard noted that to the best of his knowledge, North Adams is the only municipality in Massachusetts that owns and operates a shooting range.“We offer a service, a recreational facility, that no other community can offer,” Bernard said.

The insurance policy that covers the range costs $675 a year. The city also performs periodic grading of the driveway, work that is conducted by city employees.


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