A noisy outdoor gun range is shut down after 8 On Your Side investigates the facility in Hudson, Florida. Phoenix Trinity Firearms, a gun manufacturing shop, and firing range popped up approximately 900 feet from a once quiet community.
“It was a nice neighborhood,” said Sue Behrend.
For days, senior citizens sent 8 On Your Side cell phone videos documenting the loud and sporadic gunfire near U.S. 19 and County Line Road.
Sue Behrend said Pasco County deputies were contacted regarding this issue.
“Twenty, maybe 30 people have called,” said Behrend. “I’ve called numerous times.”
A spokesperson with the sheriff’s office tells 8 On Your Side the company test fires the weapons on the property; however, deputies found nothing criminal with the gun range.
8 On Your Side Investigates realized there was a zoning problem with the operation of Phoenix Trinity Firearms.
“Number one, they can’t be shooting outside,” said Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano.
Commissioner Mariano, who represents District 5 in Hudson, did not waste time reacting to the complaints of residents.
“I knew there’s no way our zoning was going to allow that sound to be heard by people,” he said.
Tambrey Laine, a Communications Manager for Pasco County, sent WFLA-TV the following statement regarding Phoenix Trinity Firearms.
“The Pasco County Attorney’s Office has concluded, based on the facts as they have been presented to date, that a zoning violation does exist on the property at 10620 Harris Loop in Hudson. Further investigation by the Zoning Administrator is necessary to determine whether Phoenix Trinity Firearms will be able to continue operations at this location. At the very least, Phoenix Trinity Firearms is not permitted to fire weapons outdoors. When the Zoning Administrator completes the investigation and makes a determination, the County Attorney’s Office will initiate the appropriate action.”
Commissioner Mariano tells 8 On Your Side he doesn’t believe the area is zoned for a gun manufacturing shop. Although he believes Phoenix Trinity Firearms will have to move, Commissioner Mariano would like the business to stay in Pasco County.
“That’s fabulous news,” said Irene Jackson.
Meantime, residents tell 8 On Your Side they are relieved there will be no more loud gunshots.
“All of us moved here because … it’s quiet,” said Donald Griffin.
In the past, Phoenix Trinity Firearms stated they follow all laws, rules, and regulations. The company had no further comment.
We will continue to follow this developing story.