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Thread: Ashburton Rifle Range: CLOSED

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    Ashburton Rifle Range: CLOSED

    Hi Guys,

    I'm passing on an email I received on Sunday from the President of ARUA to any members who might be on the forum.

    Good evening,

    I received the attached letter today from Department of Conservation raising serious concerns about the safety of our range. We will do everything possible to ensure the land is kept as a rifle range, however, while this is being properly investigated we will need to temporarily close the range.

    Please pass this message on to all key-holders, that under NO circumstances shall anyone use the range until otherwise notified by myself. Eric, do not lend out the key to anyone.

    We urgently require documentation from NZDA, Blackpowder, NZ Antique Arms and Pistol Clubs referring to their national policy on range inspection/safety and what modifications to the range would be needed to comply to those. We are also working on the NRA aspects. The existing Police Manual he refers to has a danger zone behind the butt stop, we need to modify the range so that the range becomes a no-danger area range (because of the cycle track). Any suggestions or ideas to assist in this process would be appreciated.

    I realise this notice will result in inconvenience to clubs and individuals, however the sooner we close this, get on with fixing this the more chances we have of retaining the range in the long term.


    Hopefully the committee & DOC can resolve this issue so Ashburton doesn't lose it's 700 yard rifle range.

    Cheers
    Sas

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    Disappointing to here and sadly going to be an ongoing issue nation wide.

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    Yes, unfortunately that's the way things are headed. Every range across the country seems to be an "annoyance" to the community one way or another.

    Clubs & members need to start getting verbal so we don't lose well established ranges like the Ashburton one.

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    Get them to contact Bob McMillan at North Auckland NZDA, he used to certify ranges around the country.
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    I would like to know who was there first... I bet the range was. Unfortunately in the age of political correctness and gun oponenets, gun ranges are an easy target (no excuse for the pun).

    Thanks Dogmatix, Bob would be a good person to talk to.

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    Yes, the cycle track came second so big thumbs up to the council for that move.

    I've passed that on to John Snowden the president of ARUA about Bob McMillan thanks

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    I doubt that the range (Ashburton NRA?) lacks a current certification. Over the last year or so the NRA has had a team of certifiers doing the rounds. The 3 ranges that I shoot on were all re-certified last year. Various minor defects were initially identified and corrected and the certifiers revisited and signed off. With some deaths of some key people over the last couple of years there has been a shortage of NRA certifiers but that has been/is being addressed by training new people. I know the SI was affected by this. I cannot comment on the use of the range by other shooting organisations though and whether the NRA template covers all users. This is all assuming that DOC have picked up on a certification issue which is not normally their area. However, any safety issue can potentially close a range certified or not.

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    I learn t to shoot there, cycleway / walkway came long long long after.

    As far as I am aware the range was "gifted" to the people of Ashburtonand if the council want to shut it then they have to find a new site with all the costs that entails for them.
    I think this is what could be an issue, I hope it stays open, its very handy for the locals
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    I'd possibly be politely suggesting the council ask "Whose idea was it to put a cycle track past the butt of a rifle range, And would they like a cycle crossing over the nearest Airport runway?" It would clearly need barrier arms and flashing lights so the Aircraft know when the crossing is in use......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikee View Post
    I learn t to shoot there, cycleway / walkway came long long long after.

    As far as I am aware the range was "gifted" to the people of Ashburtonand if the council want to shut it then they have to find a new site with all the costs that entails for them.
    I think this is what could be an issue, I hope it stays open, its very handy for the locals
    If it is where I think it is I am amazed how close it is to the town.
    And finding new sites is just about impossible now due to the non PC nature of rifle shooting plus the biggee of resource consents let alone just finding suitably oriented land. And don't expect the local councils to pay for much especially when a whole lot of rate payers will get upset about money being spent on what is viewed as a minority sport. If it was to relocate a Rugby field...... So, range closures are usually the death of a local club. One exception is the Hawkes Bay club which are now up and running again after getting kicked off Roy's Hill a few years ago. Hope the Ashburton issue (whatever it is) is easily resolved.
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    sounds like a stitch up to me someone didn't want a range so they approved a track and then goodbye

    range same happened here but it was a house in the middle of nowhere and the range had to go

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    Yeah it just plain sucks . To plan and allow a cycle track to be built behind the business end of a rifle range ......... and then say the shooters are a danger to cyclists is just bad , and it would have been planned that way from the outset . I bet the 1st the "range people" knew of the cycle track was when construction started ..... no chance to object ? ..... and what the hell would be wrong with closing the track temporarily while other legitimate users pursue their chosen pastime /hobby/sport . Im getting real sick of these freeloadin cyclists taking up way more of their fair share and paying nothing , us motorcyclists pay their Acc and .........................nah , Im gunna stop there before I start ranting on ..... and I would too
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    News in from the President, please pass on to any ARUA members and non-members in the Ashburton area NOT to use the range until this has been resolved and has been re-opened.

    To re-iterate: The Range is Closed until further notice. We are doing everything possible to fight to keep the range, hence it is very disappointing to receive a complaint today that people were shooting there yesterday.
    We wrote to Mayor Angus McKay today for a meeting to discuss Council assistance to either modify the buttstop or look for an alternative site to build a new range. We will keep you all informed. Further complaints on the range use is not helpful.
    Another lock will go on the gate tonight. We have promised DoC we are doing all we can to stop anyone shooting there, what more can we do?

    John & Coby Snowden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    News in from the President, please pass on to any ARUA members and non-members in the Ashburton area NOT to use the range until this has been resolved and has been re-opened.

    To re-iterate: The Range is Closed until further notice. We are doing everything possible to fight to keep the range, hence it is very disappointing to receive a complaint today that people were shooting there yesterday.
    We wrote to Mayor Angus McKay today for a meeting to discuss Council assistance to either modify the buttstop or look for an alternative site to build a new range. We will keep you all informed. Further complaints on the range use is not helpful.
    Another lock will go on the gate tonight. We have promised DoC we are doing all we can to stop anyone shooting there, what more can we do?

    John & Coby Snowden
    i know i'm not a KIWI but i would go and put a closed untill futher notice sign on the bike track you were there first

 

 

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