Shooting Range: Jo Co Sets Next Meeting For Decision

Shooting Range: Jo Co Sets Next Meeting For Decision

The Johnson County Commissioners, at their regular Tuesday meeting, again discussed the proposed indoor shooting range before tabling the issue until their next meeting September 3rd.

Commissioner John Gibbs said he felt it was time to make a decision one way or the other as he has heard criticism of the commissioners due to their inability to make a timely decision on the matter.
The group looking to build a facility on county-owned land near the airport now claim they have lost funding for the project in this year's cycle. They just want a decision made whether or not the county is willing to lease them land for the project.

The question of possible liability to the county was partially answered by the county's insurance carrier, who said if certain criteria were met, the insurance company would have no problems with the county leasing land for the facility.

Commissioner Jim Hicks is still concerned about EPA regulations that he believes have been recently adopted concerning indoor shooting ranges and the possible contamination of the site that the county might be held responsible for cleaning up.

The commission chose to table the issue again to give Hicks the opportunity to investigate the possible EPA regulations and any county responsibility that could crop up in the future stemming from the county allowing the shooting range on county lands.

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