Florida neighborhood loses fight to keep gun range quiet

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) — A Panhandle neighborhood has likely lost its two-year fight to keep a neighboring gun range quiet.

The Santa Rosa County Commission voted unanimously Monday morning to consider an ordinance reversing an earlier regulation that had silenced the range. Commissioners told disappointed homeowners they face a $5 million state fine under proposed legislation that penalizes any local government that tries to impose almost any aspect of gun control.

The county silenced the Gulf Breeze range in 2009 after neighbors complained about the noise and about finding stray bullets on their properties.

Commissioners are expected to vote to change the local ordinance on Thursday morning.

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