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Nesquehoning asks for help with gun range

A Nesquehoning councilman hopes that the state will step in and help the borough after a shooting that injured two took place on the state’s firing range.

On Wednesday, Councilman Lou Paul asked for council’s permission to have Solicitor Robert Yurchak draft a letter to the Pennsylvania Game Commission asking that the shooting range, located on the Broad Mountain, be closed to the public from dusk to dawn and request a gate be installed so people cannot drive into the range when it is closed.

Nesquehoning has been dealing with several issues with people partying at the gun range at night.

On May 13, police were called to the range just before 10 p.m. for shots fired.

Four teens were found and denied having guns but officers then heard shots inside the vehicle.

Two of the teens were because of a negligent discharge while trying to hide the gun.

Paul said that there is a lot of illegal activity going on out there and there is a problem with people using it for purposes other than practice.

The shooting range is overseen by the state Game Commission and is on state game lands, however borough police respond to calls when incidents at the site occur.