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Shooting range discussed
Posted: Saturday, Aug 16, 2008 - 12:20:50 am MDT
By JOHN STANG/Daily Inter Lake

A proposed $7 million indoor shooting range and law-enforcement training facility needs plenty of due diligence before getting a green light.

But if it gets that green light, construction could begin at Kalispell’s southern edge next year.

An exploratory committee and city officials briefed the Kalispell City Council on the proposals during a Monday work session.

No near-term council decision was sought, but the council’s interest in exploring the idea was gauged. The city could end up owning and staffing the facility.


In June, the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Committee recommended allocating $750,000 to build a law-enforcement training facility in Northwest Montana — likely in Kalispell.

The proposed 47,000- to 50,000-square-foot Northwest Montana Regional Public Safety Training Center would include indoor 50-yard and 100-yard shooting ranges that could be altered to become training areas for shooting scenarios.

The full Senate still has to vote on the proposed appropriation. Then the bill goes to a conference committee where the Senate and U.S. House will try to get their versions of the same bill to mesh.

The proposed appropriation sparked local efforts to design and build the center — probably in an open 2- to 5-acre field just east of the Old School Station industrial park.

An exploratory committee has been set up to nurture the project.

And right now, the committee is tackling numerous questions.

These include conducting a feasibility study and drafting a business plan; nailing down whether the preliminary $7 million estimate is on target; figuring out where donations, grants and matching funds will come from; mapping out staffing needs, who will participate and who will be in charge; what the development timetable will be; and coming up with a land-buying plan.

Council members were skittish about Kalispell providing more than a token amount of the preliminary $7 million estimate because of the city’s current budget woes.

“I don’t think the project fits with the state of the economy that we’re in,” council member Bob Hafferman said.

However, council member Hank Olson contended that the project could boost the local economy.

“This thing could be a very positive financial impact on us,” Olson said.

The exploratory committee is looking at creating a nonprofit entity to seek state and private grants and donations. A grant is needed to conduct the feasibility study.

The committee has approached several agencies and organizations about using the facility.

These include law enforcement agencies across Montana, the Montana National Guard, the Montana Highway Patrol, the U.S. Border Patrol, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department for hunter safety courses, and private citizens practicing shooting.

The city and committee have sent inquiries to some gun manufacturers that might be interested in using the range to test-fire weapons. Those companies might become interested in setting up operations at Old School Station.

The possibility exists that the facility could later be expanded to include firefighter and rescue training.
 

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Bountyhunter said:
Sounds like it would be a very usefull facility.
There is one indoor shooting range that is not kept up which is 15 miles from my house. The fee's are $85.00 a year if your an NRA member and $135 if your not, but they just don't take care of the place but is open 24/7. The indoor lights need replacing so you can see your targets. The retractable target holders don't work in most cases etc... It used to be a great place, but if they can't keep it working... it's a waste of money.

The new facility will be nice, but unlike the other one will have set hours as it would be run by the City of Kalispell.

Actually the only time I like the indoor range is during our cold winters.
 

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leave the federal funding and the federal agencies out of it-----too many strings usually attached......

i've seen the feds get involved with their agencies usin' a range and federal monies involved----they will wind up runnin' the show and runnin' everybody else off............
 

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I don't have anything to do with the planning etc of this new range. The funding is chosen by who ever is having it built with the pretence of LEO training as it's main focus. Private citizen use is an added bonus, and those in our LEO agencies here need a much better range than they currently have.
 

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Sounds like a letter to the city council and your US Senators would be in order. I agree the feds can be lousy bedfellows but it may be the only way the city will approve. The problem with a lot of private ranges is they don't have the member base to prosper and to maintain the facilities.
 
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