Osseo superintendent concerned about shooting range and gun store opening near high school

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The new gun range will be located just blocks away from Osseo High School.
Late last month, Chris and Jeanine Williamson received final approval from the Osseo City Council to open an indoor shooting range and gun store in a commercial property that has been vacant for about a decade.

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But prior to receiving approval, the new business's proposed two-lot location in a largely residential part of the town just hundreds of feet away from Osseo High School near Main Street drew concern from some in the community, including Osseo Area School Superintendent Kate Maguire.

"My preference would be that it would be located along another road some place," Maguire told WCCO, citing concerns about so many guns being located so close to the high school. "In maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, the presence of weapons always makes that job more complex and difficult."

But the City Council wasn't persuaded by arguments like the ones made by Maguire and others who expressed concern about possible decreases in property values, and ended up giving final approval to the business.

"The building is constructed basically to federal law enforcement training standards. Its 8 to 10 inches of cement block," Kevin Rebman, president of the city's economic development authority, told MPR, adding that he's also confident firearms will be transported into and out of the facility safely. "There's steel all the way around and all of the shells and all the bullets go into a trap that actually captures the ammo. There is no risk of a bullet leaving the facility."

In a Facebook post, the Williamsons said construction will begin late this month, with a grand opening for the shooting range and gun shop tentatively set for October.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Onan
Onan

My Junior High had a gun range on the bottom level. First ring MSP suburb, too (Robbinsdale JH). We never had an issue with it and they even had a student gun club. Of course that was back in the late 70's...

TC4L
TC4L

Build a gun range in the school as a physical education program.  We learned archery in middle school.  Why not how to responsibly use a firearm.  They both kill if you point and shoot.  Which of course no one did. Of course the teacher would obtain all guns before leaving class.  As for building it up the road, big deal.  Schools are everywhere.  Do we build them in the middle of nowhere and have to drive 45 minutes.

_Joe_
_Joe_

They went through the proper channels and were approved by the city.  I don't see the problem here.  There are LOT's of indoor ranges in heavily populated areas all over the state.  The opposition doesn't have much going for them.

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

Nit Wit. Teaching our children to be nit wits. Then they teach their children to be more nit wits.

blacksheep
blacksheep

An indoor firing  range INSIDE a building that has been vacant for a decade, and will now bring business and tax dollars to the community.

Yet the government toadies who's income depends on taxpayers is squealing like a little wiener that "the Kids' will be harmed by it's very existence. Thank goodness the city doesn't agree!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum you live in FEAR, 


FEAR CONTROLS YOU- FEAR MOTIVATES YOU

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum Stupid mean gun owners like you are who refuse to compromise or show even a shred of compassion are why guns will be banned in 10-15 years.  Just like gay marriage you are on the wrong side of history and facts.  Every story about guns you make sure you come up with something dumb and loud to say about them.  Having no respect for people or why they might not think like you creates bitter enemies and makes it very easy to refuse to compromise with you or tolerate your beliefs once the power shifts.   Why do gun owners feel the need to provoke and taunt at every chance they get?   One day the chickens will come home to roost.   

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