Archive for Wednesday, January 10, 2007

County gives shooting range partial approval

January 10, 2007

Plans are off for a commercial outdoor shooting range in western Leavenworth County.

Last August, Joseph and Cheryl Nave, who live at 25299 4-H Road, applied for a special use permit to operate a commercial shooting range on their rural property.

Monday morning, Leavenworth County commissioners approved a special use permit that does not allow the commercial shooting range. However, it does allow the Naves to teach commercial firearms safety classroom courses on their property. And it allows them to continue their business through which they have a federal license to sell firearms and ammunition.

The commissioners said the Naves may operate their business from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They also specified that the Naves must provide adequate parking and restroom facilities.

And, among the other provisions, the permit states that the Naves must be in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.

Though the Naves will not be allowed to operate a commercial shooting range, they will be able to use their shooting range. But they won't be able to operate it as a commercial business.

"They can have that range and shoot at it all day long as private citizens," said Chris Dunn, the county planning director.

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