on Nov 08, 2013 04:58 PM • Views 6880

Cleveland County Commissioner Johnny Hutchins (left) and Wildlife Commission Chairman Jim Cogdell sign a MOA to construct a public shooting range. From left to right, Gordon Myers, Erik Christofferson, Sam Lockridge, Mark Hamlett and Jeff Richardson.

Media Contact: Erik Christofferson

SHELBY, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Cleveland County Board of Commissioners have formed a partnership to build a public shooting range in the county.

On Thursday, the Wildlife Commission chairman and a Cleveland County commissioner signed a memorandum of agreement to build and maintain a state-of-the-art shooting facility at 250 Fielding Road, just outside of Shelby.

The facility will be available to the general public, shooting sports teams and law enforcement for practice, training and recreational use for pistol, skeet and trap, rifle and archery.  Future expansion could include a sporting clays range.

Under the terms of the partnership, the Wildlife Commission will construct the range site, performing all grading work, as well as work for berms, roads and parking lots. Cleveland County will provide the property, build a training facility and a separate building with restrooms and concessions, and handle all routine maintenance. The county will be responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight of the facility.

“We are pleased to partner with Cleveland County on this project,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “It is the beginning of a statewide shooting range program for the Commission, which will provide sportsmen and the shooting public access to safe facilities.”

The Wildlife Commission authorized using $1 million to fund its part in construction.

“This shooting range will go a long way toward promoting firearms safety, involving youth and providing a place for shooters, hunters and law enforcement to practice,” said County Commissioner Johnny Hutchins, who is spearheading the project for the county.

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