DCSO shooting for a September opening date
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and county residents will soon have a place to have target practice.
Sheriff Ron Pierini said the department has received a $60,000 grant to build a public shooting range through the Pittman-Robinson Act.
The act requires an 11 percent excise tax on all gun and ammunition sales.
Although the community had been asking for a shooting range for about 15 years through the parks department, Pierini said the deputies also needed one desperately.
The department is required by the state to have firearms training and Lt. Al Baumruck said other law enforcement agencies will also be able to train there.
Once the facility is up and running, which Baumruck estimated would be about September, other clubs could reserve the area for competitions.
Pierini said Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nevada, helped to acquire the land, which was owned by the Bureau of Land Management.
He said the deputies previously did their training at the same site as the new shooting range – on Pine Nut Road behind Douglas Disposal – but without the constructed range, it was as dangerous as when residents go out into fields and woods to practice shooting.
“That creates nervous tension,” Pierini said. “This will be much better.”
The range will have a 300-yard rifle range and a separate 50-yard pistol range. The firing position will be concrete and covered for shelter from the elements.
Baumruck said people will have to bring their own targets.
Pierini said the range will probably have no supervision, but will cost about $2 per car.
The Parks Department will probably manage the range and clean-up will be done by trusty labor from the jail.
Pierini said the department still needs some help from the community to complete construction because only $45,000 will be available from the grant.
He said it is a 75/25 grant, in which 75 percent comes from the federal grant and it is matched by 25 percent locally.
Baumruck said the department has already received about $11,000, leaving about $4,000 still needed in materials and labor.
The Chukar Club donated $5,000 and the now-defunct Douglas County Sportsman Association donated $6,000.
The heavy earth moving will begin next week, Baumruck said, and after about two weeks, volunteers will be needed to do other things such as laying the concrete.
Materials, such as wood and concrete-forming materials, are also needed.
Donations of food for the work crews would be appreciated, he said.
To volunteer time or materials, contact Baumruck at 782-6250.
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