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FREDERICK Md. (AP) — Maryland residents are speaking out against a proposed gun range at Sugarloaf Mountain about 10 miles south of Frederick.

The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/1C9oee4 ) reports that residents packed a 200-person hearing room Thursday night.

The gun range is proposed for an area that is zoned for resource conservation. The range could be permitted if it's given a special exemption.

Peter Fitzpatrick, an attorney defending the proposal by Old Line Arsenal LLC, acknowledged the community opposition. But he says the applicant is entitled to use their property in a way that is legal.

Plans call for two outdoor shooting ranges, an indoor shooting range and a three-story wooden shooting tower. Opponents say the range would spoil the peacefulness of the Sugarloaf Mountain area and could undermine the viability of local businesses.

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