9/24/2021 11:59:00 AM County still tackling
wording of commercial shooting range permits
County Commissioners took a look at a draft of a new ordinance regulating fiream shooting ranges last week and sent it back to legal staff and the planning commission for a re-write.
The majority of the County Board does not want outdoor commercial shooting facilities allowed.
Chair Chris DuBose was a no vote when the Board requested 3-2 for the continued review of the draft. He feels there are ways to write conditions requiring strict situations where an outdoor facility could be located.
Commissioner Mike Robinson asked DuBose to give an examle of where in DuBose’s commissioner district he thinks a shooting range would be welcome. DuBose said “...there are plenty of 40-acre parcels” that might meet siting conditions, concluding “...there is a way to allow it (outdoor range).”
Commissioner Ben Montzka said commercial shooting activity affects quality of life for all those nearby and stressed he does not want to disallow INDOOR ranges.
Commissioner Marlys Dunne asked zoning director Kurt Schneider if there is nothing in written form currently, which was correct, and she said the county needs an ordinance to at least have criteria to enforce. Dunne voted not to redraft the ordinance to disallow outdoor range shooting, along with DuBose.