Neighbors say Gwinnett County gun range is too loud

by: Jessica Jaglois Updated:

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BUFORD, Ga. - Homeowners in a Gwinnett County neighborhood are fired up over noise they say they can hear day in and day out from a neighboring gun range.

Gerald Mann says he wears earplugs when the Georgia Gun Club is open for business, which is seven days a week. 

“I have to wear earplugs all the time in my own house,” said Mann. “That's not right. Something's got to be done.”

The gun club opened in June on Braselton Highway in Buford. Since it opened, the war veteran says, it’s been like living in the trenches all over again.

“I just want our peace and quiet in our neighborhood. I'm too old to have to listen to this every day,” he said.

The Gwinnett County ordinance states that “It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be made or continued any loud, unnecessary or unusual sound or noise which unreasonably annoys, disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others in the county, and which is audible to a person of normal hearing ability more than 50 feet from the point of origin of this sound or noise.”

Mann’s home is more than 600 feet from the origin of the noise.

Deeper in the neighborhood, the sounds are more faint.

“A .50-caliber or bigger is when you can hear it,” said homeowner Steve Spurgeon.

Spurgeon says he visits the Georgia Gun Club regularly and doesn’t have a problem with its location. However, he empathizes with those who live at the front of the neighborhood.

“If could hear it that loud, I sure wouldn't want to live next to a gun range,” said Spurgeon.

WSB reached out to the Georgia Gun Club and officials with Gwinnett County, but didn’t hear back.