(2010 FLASHBACK-94 Comments)This will be my only response to all the Blogs pertaining to me here on this site.(1)
People, this is America, and people have the 1st amendment to free speech. I realize that there are many in this community that do not care for me for one reason or another. That is fine, I don’t have to live with them or them with me. I do want to clear some things up. First, I have NOT done any commercial venture on my property since I purchased it. Yes, I would like to pursue a commercial range at that location. Second, I do not wish to change the zoning for the commercial range, it is not necessary on that parcel. The city has it in the city code that a recreational shooting and bow range can be done on a RL2.5 property with the appropriate permits. I have not applied for that permit as of yet or even determined if it will be feasible and cost effective. Third, I did build a structure on another property that was an accident. Accident you say! Yes I put my trust in people that were trying to help me out. I value my friends and respect their expertise in their fields of occupations, doesn’t everyone? I took it on faith that the previous owner knew where the property boundaries were. As we have found out he was off. I never said that we had the property surveyed. Fourth, I was again told by people in the construction business that a permit was not needed to do erosion control on your property so preventative grading was done. First to fill in the ruts on the property and second to stop the erosion on the east boundary line. Without knowing it you can only move 52 cubic feet of dirt, how do you measure that when pushing and back filling in the ruts? It was said that I dumped dirt on the BLM. Well according to where we thought the boundaries were at the time it would have been on our property. Same goes for the Tower that everyone is making such a fuss about. Again the code states that if it is less than 120 square feet no permit is required. What cannot be found in the code is where it says that it must be ground level (if you build a tree house I guess you need a permit because it is not ground level). As of this posting the tower has been removed from the property (see recent attached photo). Fifth, the semi trailer was brought in for a secure storage, and possible class room. The clarity of the code on this matter was as clear as mud. Finding a single axle tractor to move the old thing was hard to find and a time limit was thrust upon us to get it out of its former location.
The road on Burdett’s property was the old mining road that was patented in 1956. The property that they built their house on has a 33’ easement patented in 1956 and 1959. With this being said it is like buying a house on a city street and then people build down the street and you don’t like it. That does not mean you can put up obstructions and hinder movement down the street.
SHOOTING ON THE BLM – I personally went over to Barstow and spoke with the Ranger on duty and explained where we are located and he presented me with a map of the area that shows the areas and the shooting restrictions on them. I purchased a copy of the map and several others of the area. The Burdett’s have in their last posting confirmed the map and the restrictions. The BLM has criteria for shooting on the land and it states – Target shooting is allowed on public lands. However, you must provide your own targets (NOT glass) and remove your debris and shells when you leave your site. The targets that are on the BLM that everyone is speaking of are within code, they are not permanent, they are on stands that can be moved.
THE RANGE – The impact areas (where the bullets land) have been plotted and mapped out by 2 professionals that have done this for the government and foreign countries. They stated that the impact areas are of the safest that they’ve seen around, including the military base.
THE NOISE LEVELS – I asked the city to come out and record the noise from the range and they informed me that they do not own a meter. They refer all complaints to the Sheriffs Dept. who in turn say that it is up to each individual officer’s interpretation. I purchased a dba meter to check to see if we were within the city codes and measured the sound in 6 different locations, as prescribed by the city codes. Nowhere in the test areas were the levels close to the maximum allowed by the code. So those who say that it is too loud and scares them and jump under the desk or leave their business are not accurate at all. Does that same person that claims this also jump when a car backfires outside or a balloon pops? The sound level of a car or balloon next to the closest businesses is higher than anything coming from my range.
The NEGLEGENT DISCHARGE – Yes it happened but I believe there is one small detail that is being left out. All 3 of us handled the firearm. Enough said.
29 RANGE – The president made it clear the night of the meeting in March that I was no longer welcome at the range. I responded with inquires to the state and they responded back, answer given, no further contact with the range, period. That was how it stood. So why does he care what I do? It does not affect his membership or its activities. So, why the continued harassment?
Since I have opened my dream business I have been poked, prodded, inspected, tested and surveyed by the FBI, HOMELAND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, CA DOJ, BATF, NCIS, CID, and EVERY OFFICE OF THE COUNTY. I have had 3 CA DOJ inspections. 2 ATF inspections, numerous visits from NCIS, as well as 3 county CODE ENFORCEMENT compliance inspections and I have survived each and I am still in business. There are factions in this community that do not want me in business for who knows what reasons. They have tried to set me up by having people plant illegal merchandise in my store and calling the authorities on me. Well guys I found the merchandise and NCIS and the local authorities have been called & the merchandise was retrieved without incident. To you people all I have to say is I know who you are, as do the authorities! To the rest of the bloggers here, you say respect others, well that is a two way street and you can now continue the witch hunt.
In closing anyone that wants to come to my shop and check out any documentation I have on any of the things posted on this site, please feel free to visit us. Come on by as I have nothing to hide.
(1) Steve Donnell has done two interviews.
(2) PDF of original doc file sent to Branson Hunter