INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE AND SAFETY TRAINING FACILITY AT 2717 LOKER AVENUE WEST
As you know it has always been our dream to open a high quality indoor shooting range and firearm safety training facility in our building at 2717 Loker Avenue West in Carlsbad, the same location where Gunther Guns is currently located.
Per the Carlsbad Municipal Code, recreational facilities ARE permitted in the PM Zone (the Zone our property is located in) subject to Administrative approval of a Minor Conditional Use Permit.
CITY STAFF's DECISION – SHOOTING RANGES ARE NOT RECREATIONAL USES AND NOT PERMITTED IN CARLSBAD
Based on the assumption that an indoor shooting range would be a recreational facility, we cannot see how it could be considered anything else since people would be coming to it for recreational shooting. Last November we prepared detailed plans and submitted our application for a Minor Conditional Use Permit. Approximately a month after we submitted our application we received on Christmas Eve the attached letter from the City of Carlsbad stating that shooting ranges were NOT permitted in Carlsbad and could NOT be considered a recreational use. When we asked the rationale behind this decision we were told that was the decision and it was final.
View the rejection letter by clicking here.
PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING – 2/18/15
Shortly after receiving the City’s letter
we filed an appeal to the Planning Commission of the Planning Director’s decision. This appeal has been scheduled for the February 18, 2015 Planning Commission hearing. The 2/18/15 Planning Commission hearing will be held at 6:00 P.M. at City Hall at 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad. The Planning Commission hearing on the 18th is a public hearing and anyone can attend and speak at the hearing or submit a letter/email in support of our appeal.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We are asking all of our friends and customers for your support. If you would like to see a high quality shooting range and safety training facility at 2717 Loker Avenue there are a couple of things that you can do to help us make this happen.
1. Accompanying this memo are two form letters one for Carlsbad residents and one for non-Carlsbad residents. Please take the time to download and sign one of the two letters and submit them to the Carlsbad Planning Commission care of
Don.Neu@carlsbadca.gov and Shannon.Werneke@carlsbadca.gov.
Attend and speak in favor of the proposed shooting/training facility at the February 18, 2015 Planning Commission hearing.
Lisa and I realize that you all have busy lives, but we need your help. We firmly believe that the most responsible thing to do after the sale of a firearm is to offer training in its safe use. If you would like an indoor shooting range and firearm safety training facility in Carlsbad please help us.
We will keep you informed as we hear from the City and they prepare a detailed staff report listing their reasons for their decision. Please be aware that there could be some last minute surprises coming from the City and we all may have to scramble to respond. Please feel free to contact us at any time for more information on what you can do to help us fulfill our dream of opening a clean, high class shooting and training facility in Carlsbad.
Every law-abiding citizen has the right to protect their families and enjoy recreational shooting sports. Including the people of Carlsbad.
Lisa and Gregg Gunther
Click Here To View and Print Form Letter One - Carlsbad Residents Who Support Our Efforts
Click Here To View and Print Form Letter Two - Non Carlsbad Residents Who Support Our Efforts
|You can use the form letters shown above or you can write a letter using your own words. Please mail your letters to:
|Carlsbad Planning Commission
|1635 Faraday Avenue
|Carlsbad, Ca 92008