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Ombudsman says Cedar Rapids firing range may violate law

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The state ombudsman's office says the Cedar Rapids police department's outdoor firing range may violate Iowa law because of its proximity to homes.

Neighbors have complained for years about the noise and possibility of stray bullets.

The law prohibits the discharge of a firearm within 200 feet of an occupied building without the owner's consent. An exception applies to shooting ranges open to the public, which the police range is not.

Neighbor Don Sedrel says the range is used by city, county, state and federal officers, and some days, he hears 8,000 rounds.

The ombudsman wants the city's response in 30 days.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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