LEGAL front yard gun range has town in hysteria; Florida man faces down lawmakers, neighbors

Residents in St. Petersburg, Fla., are up in arms over a man who built a personal gun range in his front yard.

Joseph Carannante claims he didn’t see the neighborhood fury coming over his favorite hobby – shooting his 9mm, according to Channel 8, WFLA.

“I don’t want to hurt myself or any neighbors. I don’t want to hurt anybody.” Carannante told WFLA. “I just want to use this as my enjoyment. I don’t want to have to go to a gun range when I can just go outside my door.”

Lakewood Estates residents, where Carannante lives, are not sympathetic to his cause.

“It’s no way to live. We have rights too. I don’t know if this idiot is going to start popping off rounds. I’m furious,” said neighborhood father, Patrick Leary.

The story is getting national attention prompting city officials of all ranks to get involved.

WFLA News Channel 8

“I’m very concerned (about) public safety. Gun owners have rights. We want to protect those rights,” said state Rep. Darryl Rouson.

Rouson and others have urged Carannante to reevaluate his homemade range and listen to his neighbors’ concerns.

Community resident and County Commissioner Ken Welch is playing the role of mediator between Carannante and angry neighbors.

“Even to the most pro-gun person, to have a gun range in the middle of a residential neighborhood doesn’t make sense at all. I’m hoping we can get to some common ground and commonsense,” Welch told “8 On Your Side” Sunday night.

Police have said that Carannante, thus far, is obeying the law and that they will monitor the situation closely, reported WFLA.

Carannante tried to put his neighbors at ease, saying he will notify them before he starts firing, which he plans to do every other weekend.

But Leary said that wasn’t good enough.

“What, do we gather our children and hide? Ridiculous,” Leary said.

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