Plans for a new state police gun range were axed tonight during a heated town council meeting.
A group opposing the new state police firearms training facility had made their opinions known to the town council in earlier meetings and finally got the answer they were looking for during a Monday night meeting.
"I'm so excited," said Jeanne Rubano. "As long as you all come together you can accomplish someting and we proved that tonight."
Rubano lives a half mile from the proposed gun range site.
The town council announced that Governor Malloy would sign a letter on Tuesday declaring that the 30-acres of state forest land bordering Marlborough would no longer be considered for the facility.
"While securing a site for a new shooting range has been a top priority for a number of years, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is no longer considering the Town of Glastonbury as a potential site. The Department will explore all available options as we continue our statewide search for a suitable location," said Scott DeVico, Public Information Officer Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
The proposed plans for the 55,000-square-foot state police training facility included two single-story range control buildings, a pistol range, an active shooter training range, rifle range, shotgun range and 125 parking spaces.
A large building that would house classrooms, vaults for ammunition and firearms was also in the plans.
The new facility will replace the current training facility in Simsbury which is outdated and prone to flooding.