City to Shooting Range: Get Rid of NRA Membership Requirement or Get Out

March 20 2014
by GSL Staff
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A gun club in Colorado that has been in existence for over 60 years finds itself between a rock and a hard place.

Recently, the club changed its rules to require all members to also be members of the NRA. The move was made so that the club would be eligible for certain grants and other benefits provided by the NRA for member ranges. The club was counting on that assistance to make needed upgrades to the aging indoor range.

However, the city, who owns the property the gun club is located on, wasn’t too happy about that move. According to the Durango Herald,

The city of Durango has given notice to the Durango Gun Club: The nonprofit must either abandon its new requirement that each of its 700 members join the National Rifle Association, or the club must vacate its Florida Road premises, which the club has leased free from the city since 1963.

In the city’s eviction letter, which was addressed to Malarsie, city attorney David Smith wrote that if the club’s NRA “policy is, in fact, in place, it is an objectionable use of public land and must be discontinued. If the Board of Directors of the club choose not to discontinue this policy, this letter constitutes notice to vacate the premises within the next 30 days.”

In the eviction letter, dated March 13, Smith requests that the club’s leadership inform the city of its decision in the next 10 days.

La Plata County Manager Joe Kerby said the county is reviewing whether the club’s NRA membership requirement violates the terms of its lease with the county.

The gun club’s leadership feel that Colorado’s changing politics as well as the city wanting the land for other projects are the real issue at play here.

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