Company pulls plan for gun range near Sugarloaf Mountain

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A company that proposed putting a firing range at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain withdrew its application after a Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Tuesday night.

Sugarloaf Mountain is a natural historic landmark nature preserve and in its shadow, is a winery, equestrian center, secluded homes. Some residents who live near the farm as well as some gun enthusiasts in rural Frederick County, Md. opposed the idea.

Noise was a concern for some, including Frederick County Commission Member Billy Shreeve. Earlier this week, Shreeve said, "Whether you are for or against the gun range the reality is, the zoning allows it on property many times smaller than the 300-acre spread, where range developers plan to install sound baffles and keep much of the shooting indoors."


On Wednesday morning, the Sugarloaf Alliance sent a press release that reads:

"The Sugarloaf community is pleased that Old Line Arsenal (OLA) withdrew their application for this special exception for a firearms training facility at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain.

"The Community pulled together to defeat the OLA and successfully protect existing property owners' rights."

According to the alliance, the OLA withdrew its application after the alliance made its case about the proposed shooting range, saying "Choosing this location was not a good idea and I was wrong."


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