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Letter to the Editor: Guns and emotions

Letter to the Editor: Guns and emotions

| August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

An open letter to the community-at-large and the City of Martinez Planning Commission Last week the Martinez News-Gazette published Column One and a pair of readers’ letters voicing support for an underground gun range envisioned as part of a proposed downtown outdoor outfitters bazaar and shooters club in the old “opera house” building at Ferry […]

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Letter to the Editor: Questions unanswered about gun range

Letter to the Editor: Questions unanswered about gun range

| June 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Editor: I attended the informational meeting scheduled by Brandon Varise about his plans to open an indoor shooting range in the historic old opera house: The Telfer-McMahon building. Brandon twice asked the question what market research or study he had done regarding the business viability of his proposal. The question was never directly answered. He […]

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Letter to the Editor: “More people die in swimming pools than from guns.”

Letter to the Editor: “More people die in swimming pools than from guns.”

| June 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Editor: “More people die in swimming pools than from guns.” That odd bird of a statement was casually flipped into the fray of Brandon Varise’s recent “informational meeting” at City Hall regarding his application for a zoning variance to allow an indoor gun range within a downtown storefront he is developing in the former McMahon-Telfer […]

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Letter to the Editor: Proposed Gun Range in Downtown Martinez: It’s Not Too Late to Say No

Letter to the Editor: Proposed Gun Range in Downtown Martinez: It’s Not Too Late to Say No

| June 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Thursday night at City Hall was standing-room-only as citizens came to hear Mr. Brandon Varise and his firearm experts present information about his proposed sporting goods store and his desire to have an indoor gun range as part of it. Mr. Varise seemed genuinely surprised when an overwhelming number of citizens opposed a gun range […]

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Meeting attendees question Varise’s sports store, gun range plans

Meeting attendees question Varise’s sports store, gun range plans

| June 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Few at Brandon Varise’s informational meeting Thursday objected to how he saved 714-18 Main Street from demolition and how it now has a popular bar and crepe restaurant. But many opposed his plans for 604 Ferry St., where Varise wants to put an outdoor sports store with a gun range below. Varise […]

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Letter to the Editor: Concerns over indoor gun range

Letter to the Editor: Concerns over indoor gun range

| June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Brandon Varise recently submitted a letter to the Gazette outlining the purported benefits to his proposal to open an indoor shooting range in downtown Martinez. This would be housed in the same building as a sporting goods outlet that would also sell guns and ammunition. That letter missed several setbacks to this proposal that I […]

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MPD makes drug and gun arrest

MPD makes drug and gun arrest

| February 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

On Thursday, Martinez Police Department detectives conducted a probation search in the 3900 block of Alhambra Avenue. As a result of the search, Andrew Lopez of Concord was arrested for felony warrants, as well as possession of controlled substances for sales and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Specifically, Lopez was located in […]

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Martinez Police make two gun-related arrests

Martinez Police make two gun-related arrests

| February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

On Monday around 8:13 p.m. hours, Martinez Police Department officers was dispatched to the 400 block of Gilger Avenue for a welfare check. A neighbor in the area heard a gunshot come from a residence earlier in the day, and no activity had been noticed in the house since hearing the gunshot. Officers arrived and […]

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