Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Old Gun Club Gets Reprieve

According to the Centennial View neighborhood paper, it appears that a Las Vegas icon will be continuing to offer shotgunning goodness to the residents and visitors to the area.

The city council has agreed to extend the lease of the Las Vegas Gun Club until the end of 2009, past the time the new Clark County Shooting Park will be opening its first phase. After that, everything is up in the air as to the fate of the gun club. It appears that although the County Shooting Park will be the main center of shooting sports in the Vegas valley, perhaps it's unwise to write off the older gun club, according to the operator of the gun club, Steve Carmichael. "'Everybody wants to keep us here,' Steve Carmichael said. 'Councilman Ross told me in the last six months, he'd bet he's heard from every customer and user at our facility. We have a loyal following, and that really reinforced for him how much support we have here. That park is a county park. I wonder if the city is aware, if they realize what they could do with this place for a fraction of the cost. The city could have a shiny counterpart to the county facility here.'"

The Clark County facility is expected to be the largest public shooting range in the country if it is built to completion. There is still room for another range in the area. The Las Vegas Gun Club's continued existence will benefit shooters in the area and from around the country and world.