Petition Tag - shooting range

1. Petition Against Proposed Prescott Firing Range Design/Location

A group wants to start an open-air shooting range adjacent to several homes in Prescott (Oak Grove Township).

This petition specifically opposes the proposed shooting range design/location on the basis the risk to public safety, significantly increased impulse noise pollution, environmental/ground water impact, quality of life impact and the obvious negative impact on property values/tax revenues.

We recognize and support the need for safe shooting sports facilities in general, however approving this particular open-air shooting range design so close to so many homes would be contrary to the Oak Grove Township Comprehensive Plan, basic good sense, and will cost much more to the county, town and neighbors than it could ever contribute. The applicants already use a much larger and better-suited property in Hudson, which makes it even harder to accept their desire to place a new range in such close proximity to so many homes mainly for their own convenience.

Nearby River Falls and Ellsworth also have existing facilities for shooting in ideal locations that can also be used.

2. Petition Against Proposed Big Iron Outdoors Firing Range Design/Location

Big Iron Outdoors (located on R33, Ruckersville) wants to build a 20 lane open-air shooting range within 0.3 miles of local churches and within 0.5 miles of over 160 homes. It is also only 1.6 miles from the local elementary school with approximately 600 students and about 0.5 miles from the business center of Ruckersville. The closest neighboring property, which is planned for residential growth, is only 30 feet away from the proposed range!

This petition specifically opposes the proposed shooting range design/location on the basis the risk to public safety, significantly increased impulse noise pollution, environmental/ground water impact, quality of life impact and the obvious negative impact on property values/tax revenues.

We recognize and support the need for a safe shooting sports facility in Greene County, however approving this particular open-air shooting range design so close to so many homes and businesses would be contrary to the Greene County Comprehensive Plan, basic good sense, and will cost much more to the county and neighbors than it could ever contribute. The applicants own a much larger and better-suited property further to the west of the town center, which makes it even harder to accept their desire to place a new range in such close proximity to so many homes mainly for their own convenience.

3. Create Operating Hours for Shooting Range on Sciota Rd.

The residents of Sciota Rd. cannot have "Quiet Enjoyment" in the privacy in their residential homes due to the fact that weapons including semi automatic, are being fired from dusk til dawn. In this case meaning from 6:20 to 9:20 every day.

The exchange should not have taken place for residential if the gun range were not planning on having posted hours unlike every other gun range near residential communities consisting of times starting from 9 am to 8 pm. This would be more sufficient and livable for the residents living "in war" on Sciota Rd.

4. Keep Our Local Gun Range in the Redlands OPEN

In Our community, a friend of ours has been unnecessarily beaten down by the LOCAL political machine. We're all aware of "Henry's", a well established and enduring Outdoor Sport Shooting and Training Range South West of the Redlands of Homestead.

The Range, owned by Henry & Betty Ladue since 1994 has come 'under fire' by several entities as of late in order to shut it down completely. It has even been said that there lacked community backing/need for use of the range.

Henry has complied with every request of many public hearings and code requirements and is still being harassed by an unregulated office (Environmental Quality Control Board (EQCB) not having oversight but with the power to say whether we can have an outdoor gun range or not. We believe that our Florida State Statute 790.333 and Our 2nd Amendment guarantees we can exercise the rights provided therein on this property. Please also make your support known to the Zoning Department - Franklin Gutierrez - FAX (305) 372-6106 and be sure to include this Dade Planning & Zoning Process Number Z2009000114