By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor
The Rogers County Board of Adjustment on Tuesday night tabled action on a special use permit for a gun range south of Oologah.
District Judge Dynda Post had issued a temporary injunction which has kept the gun range closed down for the last few months. One of the issues Judge Post cited was improper zoning for a gun range.
Green Country Safe Shooters owner Byron Dykes then requested the special use permit from the Board of Adjustment. Supporters and opponents of the gun range addressed the board Tuesday for almost four hours.
Attorney Mack Greever represented Dykes at the meeting. Greever said the gun range follows strict safety rules and is operated in a professional manner.
“It comes down to whether a man can use his property for what he wants,” Greever said. “This operation can work in this rural setting.”
Over 30 customers who used the range spoke in favor of the special permit.
Attorney Robert Price represented residents near the gun range who opposed the special use permit. Price noted that only a few people who spoke in favor of the gun range actually live in the Oologah area.
Over 20 residents urged the board to deny the permit. They said the noise from the range is unbearable and stray bullets have hit their homes.
Johnston and board members Todd Springer and Lynn Vandeventer all voted “to postpone the decision until after the judicial body makes their decision.”
Judge Post is expected to hold a hearing on a permanent injunction for the business sometime after the first of the year.
Until then, her temporary injunction remains in effect and the range will remain closed.
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