BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- Parents in Bridgeport are upset about a plan to build a gun range.
The city wants to put an indoor police firing range in an old precinct house. The problem is, right across the street is Cesar Batalla Elementary School.
"Here in Bridgeport does not care. We're tired of it."
Dozens of parents packed the school library Friday morning, riled up about any plans to fire guns that close to their school.
"Especially when this is a community that's 20 miles away from Newtown. You know even coffee places can't have guns near them. Imagine," said parent Angel Resto.
However, the plan police imagine has bullet and sound-proof walls inside the walls of the old precinct.
"It's completely inside. It's completely contained. There is no outdoor range or facility," said Asst. Chief James Nardozzi, Bridgeport PD.
When asked if that reassures him as a parent Resto said, "No, because they say one thing and then something else happens."
So why not just pick a different location for the gun range? Well the city already owns the location, so they would have to buy something else. Any other spots they've looked at have been polluted and would cost a fortune to clean up, and time is running out. The city got federal grants to pay for the gun range, and if they don't act soon they could lose the money.
When asked if that could benefit Bridgeport schools from a safety perspective Asst. Chief Nardozzi said, "I think it will make all the schools actually safer. They'll have better trained officers."
Mayor Bill Finch made that same point to the parents, having armed officers across the street could be a benefit to the school. However, he also said it was up to them.
"If the parents here are upset by it and once you've heard all the facts you still don't want it, we'll put it somewhere else," the Mayor said.
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