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Gunfire and debris become nuisance at Las Cruces golf course

Target shooters within the city are becoming both a nuisance and a safety concern for some people living in Las Cruces.

Target shooters within the city are becoming both a nuisance and a safety concern for some people living in Las Cruces.

KFOX14 spoke with golfers who say that they can actually hear gunfire while teeing off at the Red Hawk Golf Club.

Bo Cichuniec is the golf course's general manager.

“From time to time we do hear gun shots which, is a little unsettling,” Cichuniec said.

It’s a problem that not only poses a safety concern, but the glass people use for target practice is also a concern.

“You have to keep your distance. Trash, everything bullets, you don’t want to be near the course because, yeah, it messes with the golfers,” golfer Carlton Rivera said.

According to the Dona Ana Illegal Dumping Partnership, leaving glass or any debris in the desert is considered to be illegal dumping.

“We do get some trash that gets out here from time to time, and it definitely does take away from the beautiful views we have over here at the Red Hawk. And it varies. Some people think it’s a place to dump trash and it really isn’t,” Cichuniec said.

One golfer said that anyone running over glass with a cart runs the risk of getting stuck.

“You can pop a tire, and if you’re stranded here by yourself, it’s a hard situation to do anything by yourself. I mean your tire is flat, you don’t have a spare, no one's around. It’s tough,” Carlton Rivera said.

Some target shooters said they take their shooting practice to the gun range or out of city limits for the safety of the community.

“It’s open, but still you got houses, you got he golf course,” Rivera said.

According to the Las Cruces Police Department, it’s illegal to shoot any fire arms, including BB guns, inside city limits.

“If you shoot up into the sky or something, wind can take them and push them miles and miles away, so it’s definitely dangerous if you do it somewhere close to a golf course or a neighborhood or something,” golfer Daniel Jacquez said.

Police said those shooting outside city limits must be at least 150 yards away from any building or residential area.

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