CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A long-standing gun club in Cape Elizabeth is facing new regulations after the town council voted animously in favor of a shooting range ordinance Monday night.

The ordinance requires gun clubs to renew licenses and undergo professional range safety evaluations annually.

It also creates an oversight committee to ensure gun clubs comply with the new regulations.

Currently, the only shooting range in Cape Elizabeth is the Spurwink Rod and Gun Club.

Club President Tammy Walter said the club has been in town for 60 years, and has never had to renew its license.

She worried imposing additional fees on the club will prevent them from completing a modernization project that she said will make the shooting range even safer.

But town councilors said they were concerned about reports of stray bullets in the nearby Cross Hill neighborhood.

For the last 15 years, people have been buying land and building homes in the development, about a half a mile away from the shooting range.

Several Cross Hill residents spoke in a public hearing at the Cape Elizabeth town hall, urging councilors to increase safety measures.

Council Chair Jessica Sullivan said it would seem neither gun club members nor Cross Hill residents are completely satisfied with the ordinance the council approved, but that means they have struck a balance between the two sides.

The regulations would apply to any future gun clubs and shooting rangers in the town.

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