Officials give go-ahead for proposed 18-lane indoor shooting range in McKinney

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McKinney officials on June 23 approved a request to open an indoor shooting range. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

McKinney officials on June 23 approved a request to open an indoor shooting range. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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The proposed floor plan for The Range in McKinney shows 18 indoor shooting lanes. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
A request for a specific-use permit to allow a firearms and ammunition store in an indoor gun range called The Range in McKinney was approved June 23 by McKinney Planning & Zoning commissioners.

The site at 415 Industrial Blvd., McKinney, is an unoccupied warehouse, according to meeting documents. The applicant said he intends to construct the interior to suit the use of a shooting range, with slight modifications to the exterior of the building.

The Range in McKinney would include an estimated 18 shooting lanes with a distance of 25 yards. It would also have two classrooms, with classes taught by National Rifle Association-certified instructors, as well as a retail store, a lounge area to spectate shootings, a video simulation training system, and membership opportunities, according to meeting documents.

McKinney staff had given the proposed development a negative recommendation, citing concerns for loud and sporadic noises from the shooting range. To mitigate the sound, applicant Thom H. Beyer is enclosing the walls of the range with several layers of cinderblock, spray foam insulation and sheet rock.

“With this design, we will not only contain projectiles but also significantly reduce the amount of sound heard from outside of the range area,” Beyer said in a letter to commissioners. “An engineer specializing in sound abatement is working with our architect, Mustard Design, to ensure proper design for this location.”

The shooting range would also employ an estimated 23 full-and part-time employees, Beyer said in his letter.

“We want people to bring their kids here and feel comfortable that they’re there shooting,” he said.

Commissioners appreciated the efforts to mitigate the noise from the range and approved the specific-use permit as long as the efforts to reduce the sound were attached to the project.

The request for the permit will be sent to McKinney City Council July 21 with a favorable recommendation from commissioners.

By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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