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Front Royal Approves Resolution Against Moving Canine Training Center

15 August 2018 News

Front Royal’s Town Council has approved a resolution in support of keeping the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Canine Training Center in town.

The resolution is in response to a proposal from U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Senator Richard Shelby to move the facility down to Huntsville, Alabama. While the move would bring the Canine Training Center closer to the ATF National Center for Explosives Training and Research located in that town, it would also be expensive; a feasibility study showed that in all, around $40 million would have to be spent. This study was the center of an on-site House Judiciary Committee meeting in Front Royal last month, which also heard testimony from ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon. Brandon told Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte that conditions at the Alabama location would actually be detrimental to training of bomb sniffing dogs as well, because of existing explosive residue in the environment there.

The Warren County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution against the Alabama move about a month ago. Front Royal’s resolution also pointed out that the facility represents a “tremendous economic engine” for the town, and that losing it would have a “significant negative impact” on local businesses.

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