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Judge hears arguments in Drake Landing agritourism dispute

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Kent Jeffries, acting as his own attorney, appealed the Board of Adjustment decision that Drake Landing at Andrews Farm could operate a shooting range under agritourism. Kent Jeffries, acting as his own attorney, appealed the Board of Adjustment decision that Drake Landing at Andrews Farm could operate a shooting range under agritourism.
Drake Landing at Andrews Farm operates a shooting range as a part of agritourism. Drake Landing at Andrews Farm operates a shooting range as a part of agritourism.
LILLINGTON, N.C. -

A Harnett County appellate judge is expected to make a decision in the next few weeks on whether a farm can operate a shooting range as a part of agritourism.

For years, neighbors have said Drake Landing should be regulated like a shooting range, but the county says it can operate like any other agritourism company.

On Monday, Harnett Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist heard arguments from petitioners, the attorney for the county and the attorney for Drake Landing.

Neighbor Kent Jeffries acted as his own attorney, appealing the Board of Adjustment decision that Drake Landing at Andrews Farm could operate a shooting range under agritourism. Jeffries made his case with his mother and neighbor Glenn Finch, who said his house has been hit by a stray bullet from the shooting range.

"Based on past experience, my gut tells me we're going to be subject to continued gunfire and the loss of quality of life," Jeffries said.

A lawyer for Drake Landing owner Dan Andrews argued that Andrews trying to make a living by letting people use their shooting range on their farm. Andrews says it is not different from planting crops.

Jeffries said that while he does feel a sense of relief and is hopeful for the decision, if push comes to shove he is prepared to move away from Drake Landing.

Gilchrist will review all of the information in the record, which includes the recordings of the hearings before the Board of Adjustment, before he makes a decision in the next few weeks.

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