There is a major school bus route 400 feet away and two school bus stops within about a quarter mile from the proposed outdoor shooting range.
Yes, proponents will say that the range is oriented so that shooting will be away from the nearby school bus stops. That is true, but that isn’t the issue. After all, the builder claims that no bullets can ever escape the confines of the range anyway, right? For the sake of argument, we won’t dispute that here.
What is a concern though, is all the firearm traffic moving through the area. People with firearms going in and out of the facility while children are nearby is a recipe for disaster.
People will be carrying firearms from their vehicles to the facility and vice versa. If we’re to believe how popular this range will be, there’s the distinct possibility of people milling around with their firearms waiting for a shooting lane to become available. Range customers may be showing off their firearm to a friend in the parking lot. That parking lot is actually going to be closer to the school bus route and the childrens’ bus stop than the range.
The builder also plans on having gun rentals. There is no requirement for background checks on gun rentals. That can lead to inexperienced shooters handling guns from the gun shop to the shooting range. No background checks can result in rentals to the mentally unstable and those with criminal backgrounds.
There are numerous nightmare scenarios when you combine many people, unvetted and/or with questionable experience, with many firearms in one place.
And an accident that happens in a setting like this, with residential homes and children nearby, is inexcusable. Particularly when the residents and children were there first. And particularly when the county had the chance to reject the proposal. It’s not only a recipe for tragedy and disaster, it’s a recipe for major legal action.
Oh, and let’s dispense with the weak argument from proponents of this range that accidents can happen anywhere. “You can slip in your shower and get killed”, they say. Well, everyone has to take a shower (hopefully). Not everyone has to have a gun range in their backyard. There are better locations.
The Common Sense Factor
I’ll venture to say there isn’t another outdoor gun range in the United States this close to pre-existing school bus stops and homes.
It’s just common sense. You don’t do that.
But this entire proposal just doesn’t make sense, unless you only look at it through the soda straw of the builder’s wishes and convenience.
As one person said, all you have to do is stand on the site and look around. There are dozens of homes around, playgrounds are visible, school bus stops are a stone’s throw away, cows are grazing just feet away, a highly trafficked US route 33 is within a few hundred feet. It just doesn’t pass the sniff test.
This is not an appropriate location for a shooting range. Please find an alternate, more suitable location.