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Bainbridge Island Community for Safe, Clean & Quiet meeting - July 10, 2013
 

Bainbridge Island Community for Safe, Clean & Quiet meeting - July 10, 2013

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THE BAINBRIDGE ISLAND SPORTSMEN’S CLUB RECENTLY RECEIVED FUNDING TO REOPEN THE RIFLE RANGE, MAKE LIMITED IMPROVEMENTS AND EXPAND THE RANGE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THESE CHANGES ARE PROFESSIONALLY ...

THE BAINBRIDGE ISLAND SPORTSMEN’S CLUB RECENTLY RECEIVED FUNDING TO REOPEN THE RIFLE RANGE, MAKE LIMITED IMPROVEMENTS AND EXPAND THE RANGE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THESE CHANGES ARE PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED, SAFE FOR THE COMMUNITY AND OTHER PROPERTY OWNERS, AND REDUCE NOISE

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    Bainbridge Island Community for Safe, Clean & Quiet meeting - July 10, 2013 Bainbridge Island Community for Safe, Clean & Quiet meeting - July 10, 2013 Presentation Transcript

    • 10 July 2013 Sportmen’s Gun Club - Concerns and Solutions ✤ In 2004, gun club’s stray bullet hit a garage near Woodward School; rifle range safety improvements made afterward NOT effective ✤ Rifle range closed four years ago for safety ✤ With the right professional design Sportsmen’s Club can be made safe ✤ Current safety plans are not adequate
    • Concerns: Safety Because the rifle range target is virtually on the BISC property line and surrounded by residential property and development, extra safety features must be incorporated into its design The entire rifle range Danger Zone (distance a stray bullet might travel) is off Gun Club Property. Range could be relocated on BISC property to provide a limited on-site zone for stray bullets The club has had NO independent professional safety audits
    • Concerns: Safety Use Professional Range Designer – NOT DONE Projectile containment for stray bullets – NOT DONE BAFFLES, BERMs, BACKSTOPS for Rifle Range – NOT ADEQUATE (even with new plans) Shot gun and rifle range Safety Zones on site - NOT DONE
    • Without adequate berms, baffles and design – neighbors are at risk! Stray bullet hit garage Danger Zone – or where stray bullets might land Sakai and Woodward Schools
    • Outdoor Range Design At a National Range Design Forum, Clark Vargas, a consulting engineer and professional range designer, NRA Source Book author and former NRA Range Designer of the Year stated: “There must be sufficient distance behind the backstop so that sound does not affect the neighbors. You don’t want neighbors to complain. Also, if a round or ricochet gets out, it should fall within the range’s non-accessible fenced property. If you build in a populated area, your range must be totally baffled so that the range owner can demonstrate to a judge that a round cannot escape. Ranges are very expensive to construct.” (emphasis added)
    • Outdoor Range Design Clark Vargas’s comments address the specific site issues found on Bainbridge in discussing overhead baffles: “NRA recommends that, if property owners have built or could build dwellings within a half mile downrange of your property, you could possibly get by with a 45- degree angle design and should baffle the range completely, from the firing line to the target line. If neighbors are within one-quarter mile, then the recommendation is to use a 90-degree design. This design is such that if someone pointed a firearm up and fired vertically, the bullet would not leave the range.” (emphasis added)
    • If overhead safety baffles are not designed and installed properly, they can cause problems and may permit a bullet to escape the range. No protection for stray bullets down range
    • Solution: Adequate Barriers, Berms and Baffles Sportsmen’s Club site requires baffle beams , horizontal baffles (shown on next slide), and side baffles from the firing line to the target
    • Solution: Adequate Barriers, Berms and Baffles Bainbridge range is within ¼ mile of residences and should be fully baffled with horizontal baffles at 90 degrees
    • Purpose of backstops and berms control 1.5 miles downrange for pistol and 3.5 miles downrange for high-powered rifle 10-12 foot Berm NOT Aadequate Containment cap should be on top of 20-foot plus earthen berm
    • Solution: Better berm construction for safety and lead containment 20-foot + earthen berm is standard
    • Sportmen’s shotgun range • Sportmen’s property is not big enough to contain shot within a 300 yard area; danger zone extends off Gun Club property • The northern portion of range is closed due to off-property shooting. Curtains can help contain shot • Noise continues to be an issue for the community
    • Lead contamination is a DOE/ EPA issue--27 contaminated acres. (A potential concern for surrounding City wells and surface water.)
    • Concern: Noise Sound needs to be carefully managed. Independent sound tests must be taken at various locations on and around the range. Police and 22 caliber shooters are not required to use muffler boxes Doubling number of big bore/high velocity shooting positions increases noise .
    • Sound protection Not enough property to plant new trees between rifle range and neighboring property beyond the target to decrease noise More substantial side walls made of concrete (mass of 20 lb./ft2) can result in excess attenuation up to 22 decibels
    • Development of a shooting range in harmony with adjacent properties and where safety is provided to prevent adjacent properties from experiencing any encroachment. A fully enclosed range with ALL the best safety practices for a gun range in a residential community can be a safe neighbor. Without a professionally designed range and independent professional review– Sportmen’s Club is not a safe neighbor The Safety Bottom Line
    • Next Steps Work with the City of Bainbridge Island to ensure a safe and noise sensitive design for the gun club Work with the gun club on community safety and noise design needs