Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gun Club Reassures Neighbors.

Byline: Andrea Schoellkopf Journal Staff Writer

* High school students had worried about dangers of having shooting range next door

Liz Brown and Adam Armijo have feared for the safety of their young daughter in day care as the teen-age family has attended classes next to an outdoor gun range in Rio Rancho.

Thursday, however, the Independence High School students said their fears of the Del Norte Gun Club were unfounded after getting a tour of the club's Idalia Recreational Shooting Facility.

"For a while, you felt like you had to run and duck," said Brown, 17, who could hear the shots echoing into her campus. "(But) there's no way any of those bullets could have hurt us."

She said she felt secure that shooters were firing away from the school which is about 45 degrees south of the targets and wouldn't hit someone.

Members of the school's student government had launched a protest of the gun range last month, saying they feared for their safety in light of the accidental shooting death of one of its members at the range and an unrelated shooting death last spring of a driver on nearby N. …

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