Shooting for rally

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STURGIS, SD (KOTA TV) - Sturgis Guns is in a new location as their plans for a state of the art facility starts taking shape.

The company stirred up local controversy when they announced plans to convert part of the old Davenport Ranch into a gun range earlier this year. Now, after thousands of dollars of expert testimony assuring the public and county officials of the range's safety, Sturgis Guns is almost ready to start breaking ground on the new building.

They have already started carving out the outdoor gun range where shooters will fire into one of the hill sides. Next, they will clear a space for a the show floor, the indoor range, and a cafe. Company owners said not only will it be safe and the noise level kept low, but it will have a huge economic impact for the area.

"Now that everything has settled down everyone sees the positives in it," said Tammy Bohn, owner of Sturgis Guns. "It is going to bring a lot of economic development to the community - just with what we are going to be able to do with the shooting events. The hotels, the restaurants, everything else. The youth sports that we are working with."

They hope to have the outdoor range ready for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, but don't expect completion on the whole project for some time.