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West Iceland Shooting Range Faces Opposition

A proposed shooting range in the Borgarbyggð municipality in West Iceland is facing opposition from some residents, due to its potential proximity to outdoor recreation areas and horse farms, RÚV reports.

Local authorities approved an initial proposal for rezoning land not far from the town of Borgarnes. Community review of the proposal yielded nine comments and 125 signatures, which primarily voiced concern about the shooting range’s location.

Questions have also been raised as to whether the sound of gunshots on the range would cause any disturbances. According to Þórður Sigurðsson, the chairman of the West Iceland Shooting Association, however, precautions such as noise barriers and rifle silencers would prevent significant noise pollution.

If the zoning proposal is approved, the shooting range will still be subject to conditions aimed at ensuring the utmost possible safety for people on and around the range, as well as coming to a satisfactory compromise with those who oppose it. “It would be important to specify in the land-use plan that it could only be open for a limited time during the summer,” said Jónína Erna Arnardóttir, Borgarbyggð’s Chairman of the Environment, Planning and Agricultural Committee. “There are various things we can do to appease those who aren’t happy.”

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