Tag: indoor gun range

Letter to the Editor: No to Indoor Gun Range, No to Sales of Semi-Automatic Weapons

Letter to the Editor: No to Indoor Gun Range, No to Sales of Semi-Automatic Weapons

| August 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Forty-three people spoke regarding the proposed indoor gun range for Downtown Martinez at the July 23 Planning Commission meeting. Thirty-two were against, 10 were for, and one spoke on both sides. But, the packed, standing-room-only city chamber was overwhelmingly filled with those opposed to the proposed range. Cry Babies? Those in opposition to the proposed […]

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Letter to the Editor: Sporting goods store plans should move forward

Letter to the Editor: Sporting goods store plans should move forward

| July 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every now and then, a municipal issue arises that becomes a potential watershed moment for the city council and the community. It seems that one has arisen in Martinez with the proposed downtown development of an ambitious outdoor sporting goods store in the mold of Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops, which would occupy a large […]

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Planners consider downtown sports store with indoor gun range

Planners consider downtown sports store with indoor gun range

| July 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. – People opposed to guns downtown filled the usually empty seats at the Planning Commission meeting, July 23. The reason is Brandon Varise’s proposal for Off Trail, a “flagship sporting goods store” at 604 Ferry Street would have a shooting range in the basement. Not all of the people who came to give […]

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Letter to the Editor: Say ‘no’ to gun range

Letter to the Editor: Say ‘no’ to gun range

| July 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

My name is Bob Kluber and I am against allowing a gun range in downtown Martinez. I am a 44-year Martinez resident and a gun owner, who has seen our downtown blossom into a rose. A rose has thorns to discourage critters from eating it and humans from touching it. Our rose, Martinez, has no thorns. […]

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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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Forum to address downtown sporting goods store

Forum to address downtown sporting goods store

| June 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

To My Neighbors, Thank you to the many members of the community who have voiced their views about my proposal to open a flagship outdoor sporting goods store in the 604 Ferry Street building. Specifically, much of the discussion has been about the proposed underground shooting range that would be located in the basement of […]

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