Report: FBI aborts Powhatan gun range

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A shooting range may no longer be in the works for Powhatan County.

It's certainly a controversial topic, with people from both sides of the isle speaking out for months.

But Thursday morning, the Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting the FBI is pulling out of the gun range, and that could mean the end of the planned range.

The gun range proposal originally called for 81 firing lanes to be used by the state police, game and island fisheries, and the FBI Richmond field office.

It would be centered on 18 acres of state owned farm land off Old River Trail.

That idea caused quite a bit of outrage.

Well, those concerns may be nothing to worry about now.

With reports that the FBI is pulling out of the gun range, so too is most of the funding for the project.

The Times-Dispatch reports $1.3 million of the funding for the $1.9 million project was to come from the FBI.

State police say they have not heard officially about the FBI's plan and, according to the article, will not comment until they hear more.

The T-D is reporting the reason the FBI pulled out is because they learned about a law that requires federal agencies, like the FBI, to consider the effects of federally funded projects on historic properties.

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