Friday, August 19, 2005

Help Build America's Largest Shooting Range

Clark County Nevada is planning the largest shooting range in the country. Larger than the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix Arizona. Planning is underway for the Clark County Sport Shooting Park.
The Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act was passed in 1998 which allowed the Bureau of Land Management to sell public lands in Nevada and use 85% of the sale proceeds to fund various projects such as the purchase of land for endangered species habitats and to develop new parks and recreation venues in Clark County.
One of these possible projects is the Clark County Sport Shooting Park. Don Taylor, formerly the Director of the Ben Avery facility in Phoenix is now the Shooting Park Administrator of the Clark County facility. I contacted Mr Taylor by e-mail and asked him what could be done to help this project reach completion. As a new shooter I am certainly interested in the development of a shooting range in the area. I don't really know where to go to shoot in the surrounding desert and so would appreciate a nice family oriented site. Just in case my wife wants to learn to shoot, and also I will have a nice clean, well lighted place to teach my children.
Here's what I sent:
Mr Turner,

I'm new to shooting and I first heard about the park a few months ago. I'm distressed to learn that it seems that no progress is being made on funding or construction. Is this the case? Where can we send letters to move this project past the talking stage and get to the construction phase? Are people from outside Nevada who come to visit here welcome to send letters of support?

I'd love to have a large, safe place to acquire better shooting skills and I'd like to see this range become a reality in the next year or so.

What can I do to help?
Here's his reply:
Hi Scott,
Thanks for the email. I've taken the liberty to add you to our notification list. Attached is our newest release that explains the funding issues that you mentioned. What we need at this time (before Sept 28), are letters from citizens who support the park, to request full funding of our round 6 application. When you visit our web page, the conceptual master plan map, operational, business, financial and marketing plans are all available. We are currently involved in funding, design, permitting. As soon as permitting and design of Phase I is accomplished, we will begin construction. Things seem to move slower than preferred though. This is a great project, and we really appreciate your support and interest.

Don Turner
Shooting Park Manager
Clark County Shooting Park
Clark County Parks & Recreation Department
2601 E Sunset Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89120-3515
Here is a link to the shooting park website.
You can sign up for the ebulletin there and keep up with the progress of this great looking facility. The best thing about this is the number of community leaders on the advisory board, and some of them are Democrats! Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's son is even on it!
Could you imagine any liberal area supporting the development of such a project? You'd never seen Feinstein, Boxer, Schumer, or Kennedy behind a facility like this. It's time for the nation's shooters to get down to business and send letters of support to the BLM office in Las Vegas. According to Mr Taylor, "as this is national money, anyone can send in letters."
Our duty is clear. We must all send in letters of support to show the BLM that the people want a top notch facility for shooting sports. The public comment period is until September 28, 2005. Please send your letters to:
Merv Boyd
Assistant Field Manager
Bureau of Land Management
4701 N. Torrey Pines
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Let's spread the word. Tell your shooting friends about this. Feel free to link to this site as I will publish updates as often as developments warrant.


GUYK said...

It is linked Scott. hope it helps. I approached it from the right to bear arms point as well as a chance to piss off the left wing nuts.

mauser*girl said...

Sure, I'll post it on my site. On a side note, think a petition at the Petition Online website would help?

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Sending my letter today!

SeanS said...

It would be so nice to have a public facility here. The private ones seem to overcharge.

Anonymous said...

um... could you change taylor back to turner? that would be awesome!