Willington residents take fight against proposed state police gun range to Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — About 65 Willington residents brought their battle against a new state police gun range to the State Capitol on Tuesday.

The proposed 55,000 square-foot police training facility would include four gun ranges to replace the current facility in Simsbury, which is located in a flood prone area near the Farmington River.

People in Willington strongly oppose the proposal. They say it’s too close to a school and an apartment building, and will cause too much noise. Residents have started an opposition organization website “unwillington.com.”

“We don’t think it belongs in a rural town of 6,000 people at this scale because it’s not like the Simsbury site at all. It’s four firing ranges, weapons, according to state police, up to 50 caliber, which is like 170 decibels,” said Stephanie Summers, the president of the organization.

Governor Malloy says that concerns of locals must be addressed, and that no final decision on the location of the training center has been made.

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