Cape Elizabeth gun club submits permit application

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Spurwink Rod & Gun Club has submitted its license application, as required by a new town registration process.

The Sawyer Road club submitted its application April 6, four days ahead of the deadline. A couple more steps still need to be taken before the license can be approved.

Councilor Caitlin Jordan, chairwoman of the town’s Firing Range Committee, said a safety evaluation still needs to be completed at the club.

“A decision can’t be made on the license, I would think, until the safety evaluation is done,” Jordan said.

In February, the town found a Georgia-based contractor who was willing to do the evaluation. The contractor was supposed to make an initial visit and then return at a later date to complete the evaluation.

The committee was planning to meet after the evaluator submitted a report, but Jordan said he hasn’t come to Cape Elizabeth yet, and she isn’t sure when he is expected.

While the town is responsible for making sure the safety evaluation is completed, Jordan said, it will be up to the Firing Range Committee to review the gun club’s application and make a decision.

She said she expects “it’ll take a couple of meetings” for that to happen.

Gun club President Tammy Walter said she expects there to be a meeting in May where the committee will review the club’s application.

The registration is required under a town ordinance enacted in early 2014. In response to neighbors’ concerns, the ordinance also set standards for shot containment, noise mitigation, liability insurance, hours of operation and more.

The club has existed on Sawyer Road for 57 years. In the 1990s, a housing development was built near the club in an area now known as Cross Hill. The club has had an uneasy relationship with its neighbors ever since.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

I'm a reporter for The Forecaster covering Freeport, Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, and Cape Elizabeth. I'm from a small town in NH no one's ever heard of. When not reporting, I can be found eating pasta and reading books, often at the same time.