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NRA & CRPA Help Overcome Opposition To Range Opening

February 10, 2016

Gunther Guns is a retail firearm store in the City of Carlsbad, California. The store is located in a warehouse, in an area of town zoned for industrial use. The owners of Gunther Guns wanted to add an indoor shooting range to their facility so their customers could practice their shooting skills and test-fire the firearms they were interested in purchasing. The plan was met with enthusiastic support from the local shooting community. So the owners submitted their plans, along with an application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), to the Carlsbad City Planning Department. But the Planning Department told them that a shooting range was not a conditionally-permitted use under the Carlsbad Municipal Code. Although the code allowed a category for “recreational” facilities, the City Planners erroneously determined that shooting was not a “recreational” use, so a range didn’t qualify!

The owners appealed to the City Council, but the City Council, by a 4 to 1 vote, upheld the Planning Commission’s determination to deny Gunther Guns the CUP for an indoor shooting range because it wasn’t a recreational use.

To help the Gunthers out, attorneys for the NRA and CRPA requested documents under the Public Records Act seeking materials that formed the basis for the decisions that shooting was not recreational.  They also sent correspondence to council members supporting Gunthers Guns’ CUP application and requested a reconsideration of the City’s determination that shooting was not a “recreational” use.

In response to those efforts, on January 12, 2016, the Carlsbad City Council passed an amendment to its municipal code that now allows indoor shooting ranges in specifically zoned locations.

This newly amended ordinance will allow Gunther Guns to open its desired shooting range at its retail sales location!

Great win for the Second Amendment community!

It seems to already be paying off. The city council for the nearby city of San Marcos has indicated that it intends to adopt a similar ordinance to Carlsbad’s, opening the way for another new shooting range in the area.

Gunther Guns is a retail firearm store in the City of Carlsbad, California. The store is located in a warehouse, in an area of town zoned for industrial use. The owners of Gunther Guns wanted to add an indoor shooting range to their facility so their customers could practice their shooting skills and test-fire the firearms they were interested in purchasing.

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