2012/01/24 News: ‘It sounds like a battlefield’: Longtime gun club drawing complaints of mountain neighbors

“‘It sounds like a battlefield’: Longtime gun club drawing complaints of mountain neighbors”
by Jason Hoppin, Monterey County Herald/Santa Cruz Sentinel
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“Weiss and Villa live near the Los Altos Rod and Gun Club, located over the summit from its namesake city but nestled since 1955 at a pretty apex of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It offers a series of shooting ranges where, for $15 a pop, you can squeeze off a few rounds of whatever gun you bring – just about anything legal in the state of California.”

“The club has its supporters. Boy Scout troop leaders from Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Union City and Los Gatos – who are offered free entry to the club – all endorsed the clubhouse project as a way to teach scouts about firearm safety. Mary Hazel, the region’s supervising State Parks peace officer, wrote a letter saying her officers use the range for target practice and said the club is ‘an outstanding neighbor.’

Even some neighbors think others in the neighborhood are protesting too much.

‘I find it difficult to sympathize with those who knowingly make their home next to an existing airport, refinery or in this case a gun range, and then complain that the noise created on these properties is later found to be objectionable,’ said Charles Schoppe, who lives in Indian Rock Ranch, a development north of the club.”

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