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2/6/2018 State Sen. Raptakis and Rep. Serpa applaud withdrawal of application for Coventry gun range
STATE HOUSE – State Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa have issued statements applauding the withdrawal of an application for a controversial proposed gun range in Coventry.

“I am pleased to hear that the proposed outdoor gun range in the area of Town Farm and Mile Roads in Coventry has been withdrawn.  I want to thank all the residents who spoke out against this proposal and took the time to show up at meetings, contact local officials, and let their voices be heard. While I am grateful for their efforts, I think it’s unfortunate that the proposal ever got this far, given its proximity to an elementary school and numerous local properties,” said Senator Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich).

“I certainly hope that the developer behind this project and the property owner were not misled by any town officials into thinking this proposal would be successfully moved forward.  Why anyone involved in this project ever thought that it could earn public support is beyond me. It was a ridiculous, unworkable plan from the get-go, a clear violation of the idea of being ‘generally compatible with lots in the same or abutting zoning’. Allowing this to proceed would have made a mockery of our zoning laws and the local decision-making process around zoning.  We had a good outcome today, but this process raises significant red flags about how this proposal was treated and how it was able to get this far. Coventry residents need to remain vigilant and engaged when it comes to the process of approving new projects in our town,” added Senator Raptakis.

“This is a big win for the residents of Coventry, especially those surrounding the proposed site of the outdoor gun range.  From safety concerns with the range’s proximity to an elementary school, to the noise and diminished quality of life for residents surrounding the range, it was clear that this was not the right location for an outdoor gun range that would allow high-powered weapons to be fired.  This outcome was only possible due to the engagement and commitment of Coventry’s residents and I applaud their efforts in stopping this proposal,” said Representative Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick).

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903