Clark County Shooting Park in trouble
Just got this email:
The Clark County Board of Commissioners has placed on its July 1 agenda a public comment period to address the Clark County Shooting Park and the outrageous claims brought forward by a small, yet vocal group of homeowners whose sole purpose is to prevent the shooting center from opening.
It is vital that NRA members attend the public meeting or contact the Commissioners to voice their strong support for this much-needed shooting park. Please ask the commissioners not to alter the current design and to support the current plan.
The meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Clark County Government Center at 500 Grand Central Parkway in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are unable to attend, please contact the County Commission at (702) 455-3500 or email the Commissioners.
Clark County, Nevada Board of Commissioners:
Rory Reid, Chair
(Just sent this to Tom Collins)
As an ardent supporter of the excellent job you have done for our district, I know you share my outrage at the blatant scare tactics used by a few misinformed, and unfortunately well financed, homeowners.
I've only been in the valley a short time compared to you. But in those ten years I've seen our outdoor recreation areas go from relatively close by and abundant to scarce and a long drive off. Our off-road areas are being restricted, our ability to hunt in Clark County is almost completely gone, and now a 20 year project to ensure a safe place to enjoy shooting, is in grave jeopardy.
The Clark County Shooting Park will not only insure a safe place for shooting enthusiasts to practice the sport, it will also be a national and international draw for future sporting events adding another in a long list of reasons people can visit and enjoy the valley that has nothing to do with gambling.
This much needed location will also give parents like myself a modern, safe, public place to teach our children about firearm safety. We will also be able to instill in them the disciple, training and love of the sport we so desperately need, without worrying about trespassing on unmarked land, shooting in an unsafe place, or much more common, others who don't know you are there and just begin firing randomly without checking if someone is behind that hill, rock or ledge.
Most children today only see the negative aspects of gun ownership through violent video games and the 5% of the population who misuse firearms and get on the nightly newscast. We can change that perception by giving them a positive, rewarding and educational environment to enjoy supervised target shooting and the like.
Please, Commissioner Collins, I implore you in the strongest possible terms to oppose these reckless and irresponsible people who can't see the greater good and much needed positive impact the Clark County Shooting Park will have for all 2 million residents here.
I look forward to meeting you again, Wednesday, July 1 in the Commissioners Chambers. I and many of the CC Shooting Park supporters will be there to help present a more balance and fair view of the park, just like you and all of Nevada's responsible leaders have in the past.
Clark County Resident
Here are a couple of responses I have gotten:
Am I missing something?
I just went to the county web site to look for the agenda item, and the only thing I found was item 93 which says:
"Conduct a public hearing; and approve, adopt, and authorize the Chairman to sign an ordinance to amend Title 19 of the Clark County Code, by adding Chapter 19.09, providing for Clark County Shooting Park; and providing for other matters properly relating thereto."
Then if you go to the actual agenda item (in pdf format) it states that it has to do with selling the naming rights to on sight buildings and facilities. The name of the shooting park itself is not for sale. See link below.
What do you think you are missing?
There is a very vocal minority raising hell about this issue in hopes to hinder, slow, or even halt progress altogether.
Just email the commissioners and voice your support for the park so they don't have second thoughts.
Did anyone make to the meeting?
My little girl (2.5 yrs old) wasn't behaving very well that morning so I skipped it.
What'd I miss?
The NRA flyer appears it was effective but a bit misleading. Watch the video of the meeting on the county web site. Rory Reid asked for a show of hands of those in the audience in favor of the park and about 3/4 of the people raised their hands.
The item was to discuss an ordinance to allow the county to set a price for the naming rights to the park. Reid did a stellar job at trying to keep people on topic while maintaining his patience. People still tried to get in their jabs here and there for and against the park, but the majority of people who didn't just whine about noise made sense.
Thanks, I'll look for the vid.
Click on the link for Video on the line for BCC JOINT MEETING REGULAR 7/1/08
I must correct myself. The name of the park itself is not for sale, but the names of the buildings, improvements, etc are.
Thanks for the vid link!
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