I am writing in response to the article “Cape Elizabeth gun club faces new obstacles.”
Concerned neighbors did not seek to “unnecessarily interfere with the club’s plans to satisfy some of their stated concerns,” as Tammy Walter says, but rather to question the gun club’s stated plans to expand activities, hours and offerings.
In the club’s grant application with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the club describes its future plans, which include skeet shooting, growing the membership, classes for women and children, youth shooting teams, archery and bow-hunting lessons, and daily, four-hour shooting sessions open to the general public.
Residents were alarmed to learn of plans for growth at a time when all parties are working very hard to forge reasonable compromises and solutions. Residents wish to create a shooting range with modern safety measures for club members to enjoy while protecting surrounding neighborhoods. But we do not want a busier, noisier range with expanded offerings, hours, and usage.