At their Tuesday meeting the Johnson County Commissioners discussed and then approved a land lease for a proposed indoor shooting range to be located on county-owned land near the airport.
The commissioners have been concerned over possible liabilities the county may have incurred by allowing the lease, and have been investigating the possibilities before committing to the lease agreement.
The group looking to build the facility, the Johnson County Indoor Shooting Range, Inc., was represented by Mike Mestemaker, Reeve Weber, Field Representative for NRA Wyoming David Manzer as well as a number of citizens in favor of the project, who were on hand to answer any questions the commissioners had about the proposed facility.
The group has been seeking partial funding through the Friends of the NRA (National Rifle Association), to build a 50 by 100-foot building to house the indoor shooting range, which would be available to the public and law enforcement for practice and for other programs and classes.
Although no specifics were discussed or agreed upon, the commissioners approved leasing three acres of land to the group with stipulations and specifics to be reached through negotiations.
The group must now file for their 501c-3 status and file their Articles of Incorporation with the State before moving forward with their plan.