Monday, March 14, 2016

Elect The Wrong Guy, Lose The Public Pistol Range

     The new Mayor of Indianapolis is making his mark -- by shutting down public access to the Eagle Creek Park Pistol Range.  For vague, nonsensical reasons that appear to boil down to, "'Cos guns're bad, mm-kay?" 

     Might want to call up the Mayor's Action Center and ask them to reconsider. (317) 327-4622. Ask about Eagle Creek Park Pistol Range, and when it will open this Spring.


Anonymous said...

Time to attack budget and close it to police as well.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

In fairness, the GOP didn't try very hard. Who was their candidate, again? (I honestly can't remember; I'd have to go look it up.)

I think the GOP has pretty much given up on Indianapolis. Maybe there's an opening for the Libertarians.

Unrelated: Google should be shot for their reCaptcha system. The pictures are too small and blurry for an old guy with bifocals.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

While I doubt it had anything to do with the actual decision, one of the commenters at the linked article does make a good point:

"There is no need for the city to run the range anymore with additional ranges operating. The City should not be in the business of competing with private sector businesses - particularly ones who open without any tax incentives and who are CONTRIBUTING to the tax rolls and creating jobs." [emphasis mine]

On the other hand, there is also an argument to be made for it being a public good and a legitimate government service, in the context of keeping the local unorganized militia (aka, "everybody"), and specifically those who cannot afford the private ranges, in practice with their weapons.

Roberta X said...

Jake, the range is run by a private company, under a contract; essentially, the city leases the range to them. This is the only non-membership outdoor range that I know of in Marion Co. and surrounding counties.

We do have several indoor ranges, though most are small and/or short. Tam and I are members at the other outdoor range in Marion County -- but it is a members-only range with no ROs. I like my fellowman, but many of them are no great shakes at gun-handling and they'll heed an RO before they will listen to me.