St Pete man builds gun range in yard, neighbors outraged - WFLA News Channel 8 Backyard gun range concerns St. Pete neighbors Chickening out: St. Pete man trades backyard shooting gallery for gun-range membership | Tampa Bay Times " But in less than a week, his plans to build a backyard gun range out of sand and pallets behind his father's house in Lakewood Estates earned him a couple turns on the wheel of the 24-hour news cycle. Not to mention the ire of his neighbors and stern warnings from police and Mayor Rick Kriseman. "I've gotten death threats out of this. People threatening to 'SWAT' my house, blowing it up with a bazooka," said Carannante, 21. "It's been kind of scary. Sleeping with one eye open." So when WHPT-FM 102.5 The Bone's Mike Calta called Carannante with an offer Wednesday morning to dismantle his range in exchange for a year's membership in a Tampa gun range, he accepted. "I can sleep well tonight. Haven't slept well in about four days," said Carannante, who works for UPS loading packages. But he's not closing the door on backyard plunking forever. "I believe I've made the right and safe decision — for now. We'll see where it goes from there," Carannante said. At issue is a vague state law that allows backyard ranges as long as they're not used in a reckless or negligent way. The city planned to prosecute Carannante if he fired a shot, arguing that discharging a firearm in a densely populated residential neighborhood was the definition of recklessness. "