Kim du Toit wrote about the city of McKinney, Texas trying to shut down Collin County Gun Range. Emperor Misha of the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler also picked up on it. Both were very disappointed (that’s an understatement!) in the NRA for apparently not stepping up to the plate and helping out CCGR.
I contacted the Texas State Rifle Association about this, which is a state organization somehow affiliated with the NRA (not sure of the exact relationship).
Alice Tripp of the TSRA responded to me very quickly. Here’s her reply.
I believe that NRA contributed many thousands of dollars to the defense of the range (I seem to remember the amount was $10,000 or more).
Also, TSRA was contacted early on…very early on, 3 years ago, and attended many of the early hearings to learn as much as possible the history and story around the range.
The annexing of the land the range sits on could not be stopped. This meant that the range was now subject to a whole new authority, the city of McKinney. Some ranges survive being annexed into cities because of a continuous good relationship with their neighbors and others don’t. Some ranges are highly profitable businesses and are able to sue a city to recover the loss of their source of income, other businesses are not profitable and can’t sue for what they have not lost.
I personally involved several state reps in the Collin Co. Range situration a couple of years ago. We couldn’t stop the urban sprawl and we couldn’t stop the annex. I hope if the range ultimately closes that they make a bundle on their land and find a better place to move.
In 1999 we were able to pass legislation to protect shooting ranges in unincoporated areas (counties). This legislation stops ranges for being harassed for noise or other nuisance problems (short of safety) and it didn’t matter who was their first, the range has the advantage.
Be assurred that TSRA and NRA have been very concerned and as involved as we were asked to be and as we were able.
The loss of any safe place to shoot is felt by the whole community.
I’m not sure why there is such a discrepancy in the two accounts of CCGR’s plight, but it does sound like the NRA and TSRA have been somewhat involved in helping them.
I guess I will go ahead and renew my NRA membership next month, and probably join TSRA too.