Appeals Court: Cumberland County Weapons Center Is Not A School

A North Carolina court is rejecting claims that shooting ranges and a training center created by former Delta Force members to train police and troops as next-generation warriors qualifies as a school.

The ruling Tuesday by the North Carolina Court of Appeals throws into doubt the TigerSwan Inc. training center open in rural Cumberland County since 2010. Zoning rules protecting the land for farming allowed an exception for schools.

The Apex-based security and training company contracts with the military to train active-duty personnel in heavy weapons, urban warfare and other specialties.

Neighboring property owners sued out of concern about stray bullets and gunfire depressing their property values.

TigerSwan attorneys did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

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