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Neighbors' outrage over shooting range that allows gunmen to fire hundreds of bullets while dangling from a helicopter

Posted by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM
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Residents in a rural Texas neighborhood have expressed their outrage over a shooting range that allows gunmen to fire hundreds of bullets while dangling from a helicopter near their homes.

Homeowners in Denton County, North Texas said the helicopter and gunfire disrupts the tranquil area and they fear that a bullet could ricochet into one of their homes, causing serious damage.

Helicopter Sniper Adventure offers customers the chance to shoot targets on land and water as they fly through the sky on a helicopter.

'It's like the ultimate video game,' Dan Claassen from the company told WFAA.

Fears: A gunman is seen shooting from a helicopter at a shooting range that has concerned neighbors

Fears: A gunman is seen shooting from a helicopter at a shooting range that has concerned neighbors

Customers pay $795 for the game and use as many as 500 rounds as they navigate the course.

But neighbors do not consider it quite so enjoyable - and have captured cell phone footage of the noise of the helicopter as it hovers over the area.

 

'The first time they were hovering right over our two acres, shooting at whatever,' neighbor Michael Lauer told WFAA. 'You really didn't know - were they shooting at me?'

He added: 'You just know, some day, one of them is going to hit the house or do something.'

'Challenge': Gun lovers board a helicopter in Denton, Texas and shoot targets from the sky

'Challenge': Gun lovers board a helicopter in Denton, Texas and shoot targets from the sky

Taking aim: Gunmen shoot balloons and moving targets - but neighbors worry bullets could ricochet

Taking aim: Gunmen shoot balloons and moving targets - but neighbors worry bullets could ricochet

'Like a video game': Another shooter takes aim at target as he zooms over the range

'Like a video game': Another shooter takes aim at target as he zooms over the range, which is entirely legal

But Claassen shrugged off their concerns.

'It's not like we're endangering anybody's life with our flight patterns or our techniques,' he said.

The company insists it is safe, adding that the helicopter is the quietest that has been developed. They add that the helicopter only flies over the shooting range and only goes out every other week.

'It's not like we're hitting this every day,' said Claassen. 'So it's not noise pollution.'

The company details the course on its website.

Worry: Neighbor Michael Lauer said that at first he thought the gunfire was going to hit him

Worry: Neighbor Michael Lauer said that at first he thought the gunfire was going to hit him

'As you depart in the helicopter with your safety officer, you will be flown through and around various target opportunities,' it explains.

'Targets will fall away, rotate and even explode when hit - be prepared for any and everything! Your score will depend on your ability to adapt to air assault challenges.'

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and Denton County said the practice is legal.

The neighbors said they may take the issue to court.

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Mon Jun 10 15:23:13 PDT 2013

Helicopter target practice irks Denton County neighbors

A low-flying helicopter designed to offer a thrilling adventure is upsetting some residents of a Denton County neighborhood near Aubrey. Shooters armed with assault weapons take aim at targets below. view full article



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Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM

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heresjohnny
by Bronze Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM
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I agree with the neighbors. I'm a gun-loving American, but there should be some kind of law against having a gun range so close to someone's home. And people shooting from a helicopter to boot? WTF? I don't blame them for being scared of stray bullets. Idiots wanting to play Rambo + assault riffle + helicopter + close proximity to homes = Very bad idea.

It's a really neat concept, but they should do it out in the middle of nowhere, where all the stray bullets in the world couldn't hurt anyone.

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Jun. 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Shmeh... big deal.

Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 11:22 PM
That sound like an awesome afternoon. I love it!
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jun. 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM
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I certainly would not want to live near there.  Too noisy.  I don't fault the concerns.

danijean
by Member on Jun. 12, 2013 at 11:26 PM
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Sounds fun honestly they just need a better place for it.
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