Gun club planning to relocate range

first_imgResidents complained about constant gunshot noise, destruction of the environment and a decrease in their quality of life. In response and as part of an overall effort last year, the Azusa City Council rezoned the area to exclude the gun club, where champion shooters such as Olympian Kim Rhode called home. The club, which was given 18 months from February 2005 to move out or to shut down, was one of several businesses rezoned out of existence to make room for retail and housing in 20 years. The council left open a process for appeal for club members, which could have allowed it to stay up to 10 years. Originally, club members said they weren’t moving from the property. But with a shuffle in the board, that attitude has changed. About one out of 10 people who spoke Thursday favored the extension. Opponents said club members have broken promises in the past. “Nothing dominates my life more than the gun club. Sometimes it sounds like there is a war going on over there,” Chuck Limmer said. “It’s not a private gun club, it’s a weapons club.” David Sigler said he doesn’t have to set his alarm clock on a Saturday. The sound of gunfire does the job. “I’m looking forward to an early departure of the gun club,” Sigler said. The club is used by 62 law enforcement and military agencies for training. An estimated 70,000 people make their way to the gun club annually. Burro Canyon, one mile east of the junction of state Route 39 and East Fork Road in the Angeles National Forest, however, hasn’t been operating without its own troubles. The U.S. Forest Service shuttered it in January 2001, during a dispute over a lapsed permit. The abrupt closure left many local police departments in the lurch, including West Covina, El Monte, Pasadena, Azusa and Sierra Madre. Eventually, they reopened. Burro representatives could not be reached for comment. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AZUSA – The San Gabriel Valley Gun Club announced Thursday it will move from its longtime location in the foothills of the Azusa-Duarte border to Burro Canyon Shooting Park, a range which is 15 miles to the northeast in the Angeles National Forest. The move, expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2007, will be accomplished in phases, gun club officials told a group of about 70 people who met at the Azusa Senior Center. In the meantime, the club will seek approval July 17 from the Azusa City Council to extend its stay until arrangements can be made. Technically, it is supposed to be off the federally and privately owned location by September. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2David Smith, president of the private, nonprofit club, said he is in negotiation with the owner of the 80-acre Burro Canyon. Both ranges are outdoor. “We are committed to moving,” Smith said. “We will take the suggestions we heard here tonight to the board \ and then go before the City Council with a plan.” Smith said the board is willing to make concessions with neighbors in order to extend the club’s stay. The 59-year-old shooting range has come under fire from nearby residents living in the Mountain Cove Estates neighborhood built four years ago. last_img read more

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