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Battle Over Private Property Shooting Range

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Kingwood, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

It’s the essence of American citizenship, owning land and doing what you want on it. To Kingwood, New Jersey resident Russell Oakes, that means shooting guns on his property as he has for years.

“We’ve been doing it openly and knowingly for fifteen years and three years since the park opened. And quite frankly I don’t know why we’re even here discussing it other than the fact that there’s some other motives that the Township has, and not the state, the Township,” he said.

Three years ago, Kingwood Township bought most of the land surrounding Oakes’s property. That land is now a public park and Mayor Phillip Lubitz says Oakes ought to cease fire.

“You know conditions change. And as a result of that the way you approach your land has to change as well,” he explained.

Oakes has put up signs to warn park goers that he does have a range on his property. Mayor Lubitz says Oakes did it prior to an equestrian event in the park with intent to scare people.

“He chose this day to post this sign, ya know we can only see it as a further escalation and really meant to intimidate,” the mayor stated.

Oakes says he was just being responsible and felt it was his place to let park goers know. Now Lubitz is waiting on word from the State Police on the status of Oakes range. Oakes says he’s heard from them and from the deputy attorney general’s office and he’s building a U-shaped berm around the target area which he says the cops are fine with.

 

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