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Plaintiffs Ask Judge To Expedite Discovery Phase In Suit Against Gun Range

(Adam Pinsker, WFIU/WTIU News)

An attorney representing two couples who are suing a Spencer gun range asked a judge to allow him to engage in “expedited, limited discovery.”

Jonathan W. Hughes is representing Jerry and Kathy Wise, and David and Brozia Drake. They are suing Precision Gun Range and Owen County.

The couples filed suit July 17 after the Board of Zoning’s decision to allow the rifle range at Precision to operate despite safety concerns.

READ MORE: Owen Co. Neighbors Take Aim At Embattled Gun Range

According to court documents, Hughes is seeking the minutes from the April 2015 Owen County Board of Zoning meeting. A zoning variance establishing the rifle range was unanimously approved by the board during that meeting.

Hughes also requested the minutes from a 2017 zoning board meeting in which commissioners allowed the rifle range to reopen. It had been closed over safety concerns after neighbors living behind the range, on Hardscrabble Road, said their home had been hit by bullets.

According to those minutes, the Indiana State Police determined the bullets that hit the plaintiff’s home came from Precision’s rifle range.

Precision Gun Range owner Kim Bartlett told WTIU/WFIU News earlier this month that safety is her top priority.

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