Representatives of the Johnson County Indoor Shooting Range Committee approached the county commissioners at last week's meeting, asking for permission to use county-owned landon which to build an indoor shooting facility.
Mike Mestemaker, Shann Edwards and Reeve Weber gave a short presentation, explaining that the group they represent has acquired a $35,000 cash start-up grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation/Wyoming State Friends of the NRA Grant Board to pursue the facility.
The group, they said, will be responsible for running the facility, upkeep, maintenance and other responsibilities and would carry insurance themselves, keeping the county liability-free.
The indoor range will be built to NRA specifications, will have NRA-Certified Firearms Instructors and training officers. It will be open year-round to all responsible adult members of the community and for local and state law enforcement officials.
Mike Mestemaker explained what the group was seeking.
Handgun, small-caliber rifle, shotgun and archery shooting would all be available at the facility.
The commissioners told the group they will incorporate the facility into the land-use plan at the airport property which should be completed within the next 60 days, at which time they will discuss the matter further.