NC weapons center sways politicians to let it stay

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STEDMAN, N.C. — A shooting range and training center built by former Delta Force members to train police and troops is wooing politicians as it fights a lawsuit by neighbors that threatens the business.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that security contractor TigerSwan Inc. on Thursday plans to offer tours of its rural Cumberland County facility to state legislators and business boosters.

Apex-based TigerSwan is fighting a ruling last month by the state Court of Appeals that supports neighboring property owners.

They sued because of concern that stray bullets and gunfire are depressing their property values.

TigerSwan opened the center in 2010 about 20 miles from the Army’s Fort Bragg. Local zoning officials decided the company’s training center qualified as a school, an exception to rules protecting the land for farming.

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