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Albemarle County Firing Range Pros and Cons - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Wea...

There are 48 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Apr 3, 2012, titled Albemarle County Firing Range Pros and Cons - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Wea.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Albemarle County may soon have a new firing range for law enforcement. The next step for it is up to the county planning commission.

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reality bites

Charlottesville, VA

#41 Apr 6, 2012
Gumby wrote:
Some things to note about the Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club.
It is a private club, not open for public use.
They allow the police to train there out of respect for the officers and the job that they do, but their first responsibility is to the RRPC members...not the police.
The RRPC range is not setup for some of the police departments' special training needs as it is designed for sport shooting.
There is a need for a police training facility.
For a million bucks? Paleeeeeeeeeeeeese
french dip

Charlottesville, VA

#42 Apr 7, 2012
The police are the most flagrent violators in disregarding safety rules. They have put a round in a nearby house (they paid the home owner for the damage) they pointed automatic weapons toward the road, one shot himself in the leg accidentally,some forget that the Rivanna range is a private club and they are there by the good graces of the Board of Directors who try to be good citizens in helping now only the C'ville police, the County police, the prison staff, the Sheriffs staff and who foots the bill for the buildings & grounds they utilize GRATIS, the Rivanna gun club. We are happy they are leaving!
Former LEO

Charlottesville, VA

#43 Apr 20, 2012
reality bites wrote:
<quoted text>For a million bucks? Paleeeeeeeeeeeeese
Can you come up with a better offer? I'm sure the Police Agencies who are going to need these facilities would love the ability to just set up in your backyard and blast away for nothing.

If the Police Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, and Corrections Officers do not have the ability to meet mandatory training standards that have been set by the Commonwealth, Department of Justice, as well as Case Law; then they cannot wear the badge. This means that they cannot patrol the streets or respond to any 9-1-1 calls.

So basically, your choice is to either allow them to spend the money they need to build the shooting facilities they need, work it out so that they can continue using the RRPC ranges as GUEST of the club (and abide by the club's rules and schedules), or disband altogether leaving the citizens of Albemarle County without any Law Enforcement protection.

How would you rather see it play out?
RRPC Member

Charlottesville, VA

#44 Apr 20, 2012
Too bad the LE Agencies and their ranks have made the situation at RRPC (a private club) too volatile. Had they taken a more diplomatic and responsible approach to the use of those facilities, maybe there wouldn't be as much friction and there would not be a need for a Police Range.

Unfortunately, when club members are made to feel like intruders at their own ranges by who are essentially their guests; and when the Police Agencies block off facilities for a whole day only to decide not to use it - it pisses people off.

I have personally changed my plans to use the range because it was reserved for Police use all day only to find out that it was never in use. This is annoying to someone who do not get very many days off in the first place.

I was an ardent supporter of the LE Agencies continued use of the club up until one of them asked a fellow-member to leave the clubhouse because they were having a meeting. This was uncalled for especially since they had a facility less than 4-miles away in which they could have their meeting (ACPD Conference room).

In my observation, the Police Agencies did this to themselves because they failed to recognize that they are, in fact guests of the club. They would also show up during times in which they were not scheduled and practice unsafe gun handling and ignore the posted Range Rules. If I can be reprimanded or even loose my membership for any safety infraction; then why are guests allowed to do so?

I wish them luck in their new facility and I do hope that they adhere to accepted safety practices.

Charlottesville, VA

#45 Apr 20, 2012
"your choice is to either allow them to spend the money they need to build the shooting facilities they need"

I think the issue is, why is a million dollar facility required? I, as a taxpayer would like to know the minimum cost necessary for a facility to meet state requirements, especially during a time when education funding is being slashed and other services are cutting back.

Charlottesville, VA

#46 Oct 20, 2012
Excuse me, but we certainly DO know what we are talking about! We PURPOSELY moved to an area of the county that is extremely rural and we sacrificed having all the advantages that the other areas do of being close to "town" or high-speed internet or close bus rides to schools because we value having a rural life with livestock.
This isn't just a few shots. We hear a few shots all the time from people who hunt or target practice on their own property.
The plans for this rifle range are for a MINIMUM of 14,000 rounds fired PER DAY, 7 days a week until 10PM at night!
Because we are in wide open space, we hear something as simple as a dog barking for a 5 mile radius, echoing thru the woods and across the fields.
This proposal was done is virtual secret, most people are just hearing about this. We are in a Designated Historic area - which brings tourist dollars to the county.
This area is on a closed landfill, which has a Federal and State minimum EPA restriction of 30 years (which time has not yet passed.) This landfill area they would be constantly disturbing is bordered by 3 major creeks which feed all the major farms & cattle within a 20+ mile radius. One of these creeks is the Town water supply for Scottsville!
The police dept. have OTHER options available to them right now for FREE. They only need to qualify once per year, but even if we wanted them to go more, they can do so less than 1 hour's drive from here. They also have been offered access to a $50 million state of the art facility.
This is not about practicing for safety. They have been managing to do that for decades with no problem elsewhere and have several other options for free at their disposal.
As some are posting here, the cops are being TOSSED OUT of Rivanna because of the shameful way they have treated that facility. Why would we expect any better of them in our backyards? They have shown us ZERO care or respect in the secretive way they have gone about this whole thing. 99% of this area have no idea this is going on or are just now hearing about it.
During a time when this county is cutting back funds for countless other important things, like schools, blowing millions on an unnecessary rifle range that will destroy the lives and properties of 1/3 of the county is beyond irresponsible.
For those of you who are so quick to yell NIMBY, I suggest you invite them into YOUR neighborhood to destroy your peace & quiet and property values and not be volunteering mine.
thinking free

Charlottesville, VA

#47 Oct 21, 2012
Ok, I agree they need a facility, but get some right wing waco to fund it like the Koch Bros. And make it so citizens aren't allowed, that way they'll end up only shooting themselves.
It only takes One

Saraland, AL

#48 Oct 21, 2012
A while back a man was found north side of Waynesboro dead laying beside his riding mower. It turns out he was hit from over a mile away by someone shootig at a groundhog with a .22 mag. rifle.

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