We are switching old gas range for a new one and were surprised when we pulled it out and discovered we couldn't shut off the gas without first cutting out the drywall/plaster around the shut-off valve.
This seems terrible - nearly impossible to do in an emergency without special tools (and cutting the wall). Is there any valid reason this might have been done this way? What's our best option for when we hook up the new range - I don't want to leave things impossible to reach, are there options to add another shutoff valve further along the connection?
Here are two pictures of how it looked when we moved the range and after we freed the shutoff: