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Results for seniors fed up with nearby gun range noise in Hudson

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8 On Your Side is getting results for a dozen seniors fed up with nearby gun range noise in Hudson, Florida.

Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano said he is taking immediate action because of an 8 On Your Side report. Commissioner Mariano said he believes the gunfire is too loud and too close to neighbors.

For days, residents have been sending 8 On Your Side cell phone videos documenting the loud and sporadic gunfire. This is after a gun shop and firing range popped up right next to the community near U.S. 19 and County Line Road.

“When the guns go off, it’s like right in my house,” said Donald Griffin. 

“One person is disturbing a whole community.”

The driving distance between the homes and the property is approximately a mile. But according to Google Maps, the gun shop and range is only about 900 feet from the homes.  

There are no visible signs outside of the property; however, 8 On Your Side has learned the name of the business is Phoenix Trinity Firearms.  

According to their website, they manufacturer race guns.  

“I have two pistols. I have a conceal carry. This is not about violating anyone’s second amendment rights,” said Sue Behrend.  

Neighbors said they’ve called deputies numerous times.

Kevin Doll, a spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, told 8 On Your Side the company test fires weapons on site and no criminal laws are being broken.  

According to Doll, a Code Enforcement Corporal went to the site. 

The deputy does look up zoning when responding to complaints. Initially, the sheriff’s office said the shooting area was in compliance with state statue.  

When 8 On Your Side kept asking questions, Doll said deputies were working with the county to determine if there were any potential zoning violations.  

In a limited statement, Phoenix Trinity Firearms said they comply with all laws, rules and regulations. 

Records from the county’s website show the property is zoned for commercial use. While an indoor shooting range is permitted, an outdoor one would be a zoning violation.  

8 On Your Side asked Doll whether the range the Pasco County deputy inspected was indoors or outdoors. He declined to provide an answer.

Whether the noise is coming from an indoor range or an outdoor range, Commissioner Mariano said the gunfire appears to be too loud. He is working with zoning to come up with a solution for frustrated residents.

8 On Your Side will continue to follow this story.

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