City of Poway unanimously approves proposal for new shooting range and gun shop

POWAY, Calif. -  

The city of Poway on Tuesday night unanimously approved a proposal for a new gun shop and shooting range.

The range is proposed for an empty 13,400-square-foot warehouse at a quiet corner in a Poway business park.

The proposed range would occupy the existing building at the corner of Flint Place and Gregg Street, which is two blocks west of Costco.

Poway Range Partners LLC did not want to be interviewed before the vote Tuesday night. 

A 39-page report to the city of Poway showed plans to have a 17-lane shooting range and use 1,500 square feet for sales.

A neighboring business in Poway told 10News that the now vacant warehouse used to be a candy shop.

"As long as they get the proper permits, no problem," said Robert Cook, who is with Network Printing across the street from the proposed site.

Henry Cook, who runs Network Printing with his brother, added, "It doesn't concern me. I don't feel threatened by it and I might even use it."

In a letter to the city of Poway obtained by 10News, one investment company which owns six nearby buildings asked the city to deny the conditional use permit, citing zoning and parking concerns.

10News went to the American Shooting Center in Kearny Mesa to see what an indoor range looks and sounds like.

There were thick soundproof walls, metal ceiling tiles to protect bullets from leaving the building and the bullet-resistant glass.

Similar indoor modifications will be made in Poway if the plan is approved.

"If the Poway community approves it, I will be the first one there to shake his hand and tell him to do it, and do it right," said Marc Halcon, who is with the American Shooting Center.  

10News called the city of Poway to get their response to the prospective business. 

"The specific plan allows for indoor recreational use. A marksmanship range is an example in the city code," said Bob Manis, the director of development services for the city of Poway. "The city staff is recommending its approval."

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