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Assembly votes to hear gun range permit appeal

Posted: January 8, 2013 - 12:06am

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved the appeal of a Juneau Mercantile and Armory LLC permit to build an indoor gun range and retail space.

The permit was approved by the CBJ Planning Commission on Dec. 14. The Juneau chapter of Veterans for Peace submitted the appeal to the CBJ municipal clerk on Jan. 2.

“We were concerned about the idea of a shooting range in which people were going to be allowed to handle weapons of war,” Phil Smith, president of the Juneau Chapter of Veterans for Peace, said in an earlier interview with the Empire, “The idea of stuffing an arsenal of these things five minutes from the airport raised our concerns. Many of us are combat veterans and we know exactly what these weapons can do. They are not toys.”

City Attorney John Hartle said there was no reason not to hear the appeal. The assembly agreed unanimously to hear the appeal themselves. Members appointed Assembly Member Loren Jones as the hearing officer.

The commission approved the permit request to build a 13,000 square foot gun range and retail space on a property at 1720 Crest Street near the airport.

There was no public comment.

Attorney Hartle asked assembly member to refrain from speaking about the appeal with the public.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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