Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

California: Commerce City Council Votes to Close Shooting Range Despite Protests

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Bristow Range is unique. Named after one of the City of Commerce’s founders, this range is a public facility that was operated by Commerce’s Parks and Recreation Department. The range is located below ground in the Veterans Memorial Park Building, which is used for various recreational activities.

            In the Fall of 2009, Commerce "temporarily" closed the range based on testing that indicated the presence of lead dust nearby. About a month later, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) issued a "Notice to Comply" to Commerce regarding the range’s operations. The AQMD Notice to Comply and related communications instructed Commerce that it could not reopen the range until it got the AQMD’s approval.  Built in 1971 on top of a landfill, this facility is experiencing building subsidence issues, which adds to the complexity of the situation and the uncertainty of the range’s future.

            On February 15, 2010, the City Council for the City of Commerce postponed a vote over the future of the James W. Bristow Marksmanship Range in Commerce’s Veterans Memorial Park. Though city staff recommended permanent closure of the range, lawyers for the NRA and CRPA were successful in asking for time to bring in experts and consultants to study the situation. This request was reiterated by several members of the public who spoke to oppose the closure of the range.  Not one public speaker was in favor of the range’s closure.

City staff has alleged that only 209 Commerce residents paid to use the range in 2009, failing to mention the range was closed for a quarter of that year, and further omitting the fact that the annual “turkey shoot” (which draws upwards of a thousand local area residents) was also cancelled in 2009. The supposed lack of public participation is something the Council focused on. But public comments made at the February meeting indicate that the range has not had proactive management, that the range has not been properly promoted, and that an increased effort to acquire new governmental or other contract users, such as police agencies, could have subsidized the cost of operating the range, or even made the range profitable.

            Throughout the rest of February and March, usage and management issues, in addition to environmental, technical, and safety issues, were evaluated by an NRA Range Team Technical Advisor, NRA California staff, and local grassroots activists. NRA/CRPA lawyers went to work along with local and regional activists to determine the true scope of the problem at the range. Sadly, city staff threw obstacles in the way at every opportunity, dragging their feet on turning over documents and refusing to allow a range inspection by qualified consultants and experts on the same terms as the City apparently required of its own consultants. It seems the City was predisposed to close the range, and only allowed the extra time to placate local activists.

NRA/CRPA range experts and lawyers nonetheless supplied a report that showed that the possibility of economical repairs (particularly to the ventilation system) was not even raised by city staff in its public presentations to the City Council. Even knowing that city staff had not addressed an obvious potential alternative to closure, the City Council voted to close the range anyway, likely for fear of lawsuits from neighbors around the range facility.

Alternative uses for the range facility, including the possibility of using it as an air rifle range, are being proposed by area activists.  The Staff Report and the NRA / CRPA Report are posted at www.calgunlaws.com.

TRENDING NOW
Former Bloomberg Lackey Comes Clean on True Anti-gun Agenda

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Former Bloomberg Lackey Comes Clean on True Anti-gun Agenda

Back when Mark Glaze was executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and later Everytown for Gun Safety, he went to great lengths to portray his master’s anti-gun positions as moderate. Glaze used ...

“She Persisted” – Gun Owner Fights Unlawful “No Return” Gun Policy

News  

Friday, July 21, 2017

“She Persisted” – Gun Owner Fights Unlawful “No Return” Gun Policy

On July 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit confirmed that law enforcement officials in New York acted unlawfully with respect to guns confiscated from a Nassau County woman in 2012.  

Supreme Court Asked to Review Maryland's Gun Ban

News  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Supreme Court Asked to Review Maryland's Gun Ban

A group of Maryland citizens, with the support of the National Rifle Association, filed a petition to the United States Supreme Court on Friday seeking to reverse a Court of Appeals ruling that stripped some of America’s most ...

The Need for National Reciprocity

News  

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Need for National Reciprocity

A report from the Crime Prevention Research Center estimates that the number of concealed carry permits issued last year was the largest increase ever – continuing a four year trend of record setting increases in ...

“March” Madness: Media Hypes Non-Event at NRA Headquarters

News  

Friday, July 21, 2017

“March” Madness: Media Hypes Non-Event at NRA Headquarters

Numbers don’t lie. But gun control groups and the news media do. That explains why so many accounts of last Friday’s so-called Women’s March From #NRA2DOJ bear no resemblance to the event those of us ...

Home Alone in Washington State

News  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Home Alone in Washington State

Back in 2013, when Washington State’s anti-gun groups rolled out Initiative 594, they promised voters this “universal background check” law would save lives by keeping “firearms out of dangerous hands” because private gun sales would ...

When Gun Control Fails

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, July 21, 2017

When Gun Control Fails

Gun control is pushed as a strategy to keep Americans safe in their homes, schools and workplaces. It is presented as the key component in safer streets, neighborhoods and families. But what happens when gun ...

The Danger Of A “Not In My Backyard” Mentality On Shooting Ranges

News  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Danger Of A “Not In My Backyard” Mentality On Shooting Ranges

Muscatine County, Iowa, is home to about 40,000 people, and like too many places around the country, gun owners there have no public range where they can practice or compete safely. That may be changing, ...

One More Reason Gun Owners Should Be Celebrated

News  

Second Amendment  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

One More Reason Gun Owners Should Be Celebrated

The safety record of America’s gun owners is nothing short of stunning. 

California:  "Assault Weapon" Regulations Take 3: CA DOJ Resubmits Regulations

Friday, July 21, 2017

California: "Assault Weapon" Regulations Take 3: CA DOJ Resubmits Regulations

Today, July 21, the California Department of Justice (“DOJ”), without warning or any notification,  submitted another set of proposed regulations for the registration of newly classified “assault weapons” to the Office of Administrative Law.  As ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.