Levee district wants shooting range closed

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GALLIANO, La. (AP) — The South Lafourche Levee District has asked a judge to halt the operation of a Galliano gun range out of fear for those working on nearby levees.

Eymard's Shooting Academy just off Louisiana Highway 3235 is popular with bayou country shooting enthusiasts down the bayou, but what's behind the range targets is the subject of the lawsuit filed in April.

Across the berm behind the range's targets is the south Lafourche levee system, the crown of which is regularly traversed by levee district employees and contractors.

The Daily Comet reported (http://bit.ly/1sgN99L) the lawsuit claims the workers are endangered by shooting from the range.

Attorneys for the range claim an injunction stopping the facility's operation would violate the constitutional rights of the range's owner, Galliano resident Hugh Eymard.

Windell Curole, South Lafourche Levee District general manager, said the lawsuit followed discussions with Eymard about possible solutions.

"Our job and our concern is to be able to maintain the levee, and anything that stops us and slows us down, we try to deal with," Curole said. "At this point, we figure a judge would be best."

Eymard couldn't be reached for comment.

Curole said his employees continue to express concern traveling down range from the shooters. He emphasized he isn't against shooting ranges, but wants to avoid putting his workers in the line of fire.

The range opened in October 2013.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com

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