Our Message to the Outpost Range: Leave us alone.
Focus on opening your own range, not squashing ours.
(Disclaimer: This letter is an editorial – which means everything you’re about to read is my OPINION. Therefore, I cannot be prosecuted for libel or slander…)
Before We Begin – We Need Your Help to Open Our Range
In my opinion, the Outpost Range is going to do everything they can do in order to get us not to open. They are the “big guy” trying to squash the “little guy.”
That makes me mad, and it should make you mad too.
So here’s how you can help.
We have a hearing with Citrus County on Thursday, August 15th, at 9AM. We need you there to show your support of our small, 4 lane pistol range in Inverness on our 30 acre farm.
WE NEED YOU AT THE PUBLIC HEARING TO SHOW SUPPORT!
If you’re available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and RSVP and get more details if needed. Let’s show so much support for our pistol shooting range in Inverness that Citrus County has a hard time saying “no.”
Date: Thursday, August 15th at 9AM
Where: Lecanto Government Building (Citrus County Land Development)
3600 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 141, Lecanto, Fl. 34461
Come show us support, share us on Facebook, etc!
Now Onto the Story: Outpost Range Vs. Old McAndy Farms
So, the Outpost Range in Lecanto, Florida is a shooting range that has been trying to open their doors for 2 years. They’re a huge, 66 (or so) acre shooting range with skeet, a 600 foot rifle range, handgun lanes, and all the extras.
How it All Started – The Outpost Range Owner’s Original Complaint to the County: BE FAIR
The owner of the new shooting range, Ron Goodenow heard that our business was taking off, and that we had people shooting on our property during our 3 Hour Concealed Carry Class. In my opinion, he didn’t want the competition from a little guy, so he filed a formal complaint with Citrus County against us. From what I understood, Ron didn’t think it was “fair” that I could teach these classes and he couldn’t open his range.
So we ended up winning the complaint, and the County told us that there was nothing wrong with what we were doing. Success! I posted to Facebook that someone had filed a complaint, and that it was the owner of the Outpost Range.
Ron Sees My Facebook Complaint: Shows Up to My House
So I guess Ron must have seen my Facebook post and how angry people were that he filed a complaint into something that’s (in my opinion) none of his business, and he decided to show up to my house.
Well, Ron and I chatted about it, and he seemed like a genuinely cool guy. I apologized for blasting him on our Facebook page, and he apologized for being rude on the phone. He told me that his beef was with Citrus County, not with me. His position was that he just wanted the County to treat HIM and HIS RANGE fairly. That’s completely understood, right?
It was a good chat. I invited him into my home, offered him a drink, showed him what we were doing, etc. He left on good terms.
Ron’s Lawyer Sends a Letter to the County to Squash Our Range
Well, I received a letter from the County today that Ron’s lawyer submitted a letter with a whole bunch of things that were wrong with our range plans. In my opinion, he wasn’t looking for fairness from the County – he was looking to squash us. Read a copy of his letter below – does that look like a letter that is asking for fairness, or a letter asking for us to be squashed? In my opinion, what we’re doing is none of his business, and I believe that Ron should focus on his own shooting range – not ours.
Citrus County is Big Enough for TWO Shooting Ranges: Let’s Play Nice, Outpost.
Two shooting ranges in Citrus County = Citrus County wins. Let’s be friends!
Here’s a copy of the Outpost Range’s letter to the County. Read it and let us know what you think in the comments below.