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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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An opinion on Eymard Shooting Range and the South Lafourche Levee District

An opinion on Eymard Shooting Range and the South Lafourche Levee District

I spent 20 years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard.

During my career I was fortunate enough to have spent two years on the All Coast Guard High Power Rifle Team and many years shooting on district teams. I have shot competition from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast, the Gulf of Mexico to Canada.

So as you can see I can speak with a bit of experience on the subject.

When I was on the All CG Team we were stationed at Cape May, New Jersey. We each fired 250 rounds of .30 ammo a day, 5 days a week.

The range was on base, located next to the jetties of the pass connecting the Atlantic Ocean to inland waters.

The impact area for the bullets was the water of the ocean next to the jetty. There were no brems. Instead prominently displayed on both sides and at the outer end of the impact area were signs on pilings stating (DANGER BULLET IMPACT AREA).

When I competed twice at the National Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, the bullet impact area was Lake Erie. This was also prominently marked as the impact area.

Both had watch towers to look out for pleasure boats entering the areas.

During my entire career of shooting high power rifles, I do not recall even one instance of anyone being injured by a bullet in an impact area.

I have had the pleasure of shooting at the Eymard range several times. Mr. Arabie, the Range Master runs a very safe, well-operated range.

In my opinion Mr. Curole of the SLLD and Terra Logistics fears are totally unfounded.

Timothy S. Torrence
Larose, LA