Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Source: Seattle Times [Please follow link to read complete article]

Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters

Young shooters at risk

At a shooting club in Vancouver, Wash., 20 youngsters tested positive for lead overexposure. ‘We would get lead on our hands and eat finger food,’ one teenager recalls.

By Christine Willmsen and Lewis Kamb Oct. 20, 2014

The youngsters knew their sport could be dangerous, even deadly.

But for the junior team at the Vancouver (Wash.) Rifle and Pistol Club, the peril that emerged from their sport didn’t come from a stray bullet.

It came from lead.

In 2010, blood tests revealed that 20 youths had been overexposed to the poisonous metal after shooting in the club’s dirty, poorly ventilated range.

“It was devastating,” said Marc Ueltschi, the junior team coach and a club member. “It scared the life out of me. No one knew anything about lead poisoning and what to fix.”

Vancouver Rifle is just one of several private gun clubs across the United States that have posed health hazards in a sport with growing numbers of youths and women.

While those most likely to be poisoned by lead in gun ranges are the workers themselves, The Seattle Times has found dozens of avid shooters overexposed in such states as Washington, Massachusetts and Alaska.

The most vulnerable are children learning to shoot and compete in clubs operated by volunteers who may have little knowledge of the risks of firing lead ammunition. Gunfire can put lead residue in the air, and on the skin and nearby surfaces...

Of particular interest is their document (with data supplied from OSHA), of the shooting ranges inspected by OSHA. There were 19 California shooting ranges inspected, and there were a grand total of 93 lead violations for just the CA ranges alone.

Source: Seattle Times [Please follow link to read complete article]

Monday, October 20, 2014

THE SEATTLE TIMES INVESTIGATION: Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters

Source: The Seattle Times [Please follow link for complete article.]

The Seattle Times Investigation:

Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters

By Christine Willmsen, Lewis Kamb and Justin Mayo Oct. 17, 2014

Indoor and outdoor, public and private, gun ranges dot the national landscape like bullet holes riddling a paper target, as the popularity of shooting has rocketed to new heights with an estimated 40 million recreational shooters annually.

But a hidden risk lies within almost all of America’s estimated 10,000 gun ranges. When shooters fire guns with lead-based ammunition, they spread lead vapor and dust, insidious toxins.

Thousands of people, including workers, shooters and their family members, have been contaminated at shooting ranges due to poor ventilation and contact with lead-coated surfaces, a Seattle Times investigation has found...

Source: The Seattle Times [Please follow link for complete article.]

Friday, October 17, 2014

CITY OF RANCHO CORDOVA - Fact Sheet Regarding the Siting of the Sacramento Gun Club

Source: City of Rancho Cordova City News

City News

Fact Sheet Regarding the Siting of the Sacramento Gun Club

Posted Date: 10/15/2014

1. The Sacramento Gun Club is an indoor shooting range and firearms related business allowed by right under City, state and federal law. Under the law and the City’s current Zoning Code, no discretionary review of the building permit and business license applications was possible by the City.

2. Once this application was filed with the City, as long as the applicant meets all legal standards for the development, the owners have the right to construct and operate this business. The City has no authority to block its construction and operation or to relocate this business. Only the owner has that opportunity.

3. The indoor gun range is classified as an Indoor Amusement/Entertainment Facility. This use type and the related Indoor Fitness and Sports use cover a broad range of uses that includes climbing gyms, indoor bounce houses and trampolines, indoor party facilities, indoor soccer and basketball venues, go cart racing and many more uses. In recent years the City has had a wide range of activity-oriented uses locate in large format office/light industrial buildings. Under this designation the use must occur entirely within an enclosed building. This use is an allowed-by-right use within the Office Industrial Mixed Use zone, where this site is located.

When the Applicant submitted applications for a business license and building permit, this prompted City Staff to provide an appropriate review which included:

* City staff determination was made that the proposed use is classified as an Indoor Amusement/Entertainment Facility and would be subject to the review and restrictions associated with this use type.

* The property at 3443 Routier is zoned Office Industrial Mixed Use (OIMU) and Indoor Amusement/Entertainment Facility is allowed by right in the OIMU zone. As an allowed use, no City Council review of this project is required or authorized. Public notice is not required.

* Planning Department consulted with internal development team and Police Department regarding regulations applicable to the gun range proposal.

* Following review, business license was issued to Sacramento Gun Club to allow: Gun Control Education, Shooting Range and Retail Sales.

4. Information on State Laws:

* State law requires anyone transporting a firearm to keep it unloaded and in a locked container. This law would apply to individuals arriving and leaving the shooting range.

* California’s Gun Free School Zone Act generally prohibits guns within 1,000 feet of a school. However, the law contains many exceptions, including exceptions for a business on private property when all other laws related to guns are followed. Therefore this private business may locate near a school so long as all gun safety laws are followed - including those regarding transporting firearms in an unloaded fashion and in a locked container.

* California Civil Code section 3482.1 (pertaining to shooting ranges, the ability of a city to regulate the location of sport shooting ranges, and nuisance actions against shooting ranges) does not apply to indoor shooting ranges meeting certain standards.

5. The Gun Club is fully enclosed, and is being built to strict state standards for safety and full containment of any projectiles and all noise produced. The remodel of the long vacant office building is extensive - amounting to a reported investment of over $6 million. The size of facility is 38,698 square feet. The following sound, environmental and other attenuation measures are being addressed:

* The majority of windows and doors of the existing building are framed in and noise dampening treatments are applied.

* Gun ranges are comprised of masonry block walls (filled with concrete) that extend to within 18 inches of building roof. This is a sort of building within a building for safety purposes.

* Within each gun lane sound dampening material will be placed on the walls and over head

* The top of each gun lane contains noise dampening material sandwiched between a double layer of sheetrock.

* The roof of the building received 4 inch layers of sound dampening acoustical foam on the inside and outside surfaces of the roof.

* A sophisticated HEPA air filter system will protect both customers of the facility and neighbors on nearby properties from hazards associated with gun smoke.

* The facility will include a system that captures all bullets. This system contains hazards associated with lead and allows the metals of the bullets to be recycled.

* Applicants anticipate that low level noise from gun fire will be audible inside the sales/lobby portion of the Gun Club and that no audible noise of gun fire will occur outside of the building.

6. To further delineate the Gun Club from adjacent uses and tenants the landscape plan includes the following:

* The Gun Club will install a solid wood perimeter fence on its southern property line that will face George Washington Carver High School.

* Landscape plantings inside the wooden fence will further screen the building.

* A berm along the Routier frontage will be lowered to enhance site visibility and security, with existing trees being removed and replaced.

7. Access to the Club will included Members and the general public. Visitors will adhere to the same rules and regulations as Gun Club members. Employees of the Gun Club will be trained and expected to follow all applicable laws, rules and regulations. All gun sales will be subject to laws regarding waiting periods and background checks. Many of the club members are expected to be current and retired law enforcement professionals who will use the club facilities to maintain their firearm skills. The Gun Club owners have informed the City that nonmembers who attempt to use the facility will be “vetted” by staff and may not always be permitted to use the facility on the same day.

8. In reviewing land uses within the City, and in neighboring jurisdictions, we have identified several cases of firearm related businesses in close proximity to schools, daycare facilities, senior care and assisted living facilities, coffee shops and recreation facilities. To date, the City has no recorded incidents at any of these sites to suggest a negative impact of firearms related businesses on these nearby uses.

9. The Public has stated that the City Planning Department should have given the school and community an early warning. The City did follow all appropriate noticing procedures as required by local and state laws. However, this project has caused the City to assess its project review practices and to establish procedures for additional review and outreach for uses that, while allowed by right, might generate concerns from the City Council or neighbors to a project.

10. A moratorium in this case would very likely create significant legal risk for the City, given the various state laws regulating the planning and mitigation of gun ranges as well as the California Gun Free School Zone Act, which makes it clear that this type of business may locate near a school so long as gun safety laws are followed. When the state Legislature has passed laws regarding a subject matter, the City's ability to legislate is more limited. The Legislature has passed several laws on gun safety, the transportation of guns, and guns near schools. The City would have a very difficult time defending the required findings for the moratorium -- that this business creates an immediate threat to the public health, safety, and welfare-- given the extensive state laws in existence on this subject. Additionally, the business owner made a substantial investment into this property after receiving a building permit and business license from the City. This also creates significant liability exposure for the City if it were to enact a moratorium on this use.

11. The Gun Club, at its discretion, may wish to offer to adults and children gun safety courses and invite teachers and interested staff and parents to tour the club. The property/facility owner is able to make this decision and the City cannot impose rules and/or requirements that require such to occur. As a good neighbor the City encourages both parties to educate each other on the issues at hand.

12. The Gun Club will be offering the sale of firearms to the general public. The same requirements for firearm sales will apply to the Gun Club as those which are in place under state and federal law for other retailers, such as Big 5 Sporting Goods, the Sportsman’s Warehouse, and other retail establishments which sell firearms to the general public. These include laws related to waiting periods and background checks.

13. The theft of firearms from unattended vehicles can occur regardless of location. Due to the fact that firearms have monetary value it is important that anyone who chooses to transport a firearm in a personal vehicle ensure that it is stored unloaded and in a locked container. Gun club visitors and members are required to follow state laws regarding transporting firearms in a locked container and making sure they are unloaded.

14. In reviewing crime stats within the County, the Sheriff's Department and the City find no evidence of increase in crime in conjunction with any firearms related businesses in Sacramento County.

15. School shootings are horrific, should never occur and should be prevented whenever possible, but there is no evidence that the City is aware of correlating such horrific acts of violence with firearms facilities, such as the one being constructed. The gun range will be a highly regulated and monitored facility, including on site security and extensive video surveillance. All guns outside of the facility must be stored unloaded and in locked cases. It would be much more difficult for a student to gain access to a gun at this facility than through the more typical route of securing a gun from either a friend or a family member.

16. While teachers, parents and students have expressed concern over this facility, the City has also received numerous comments in support of the gun range. Typical reasons for support focus on having a controlled environment for the practice of handling of guns and the offering of gun safety education.

Monday, October 13, 2014


In the Sacramento Bee article from October 1, 2014, regarding the Lincoln Village United's protest against the Sacramento Gun Club, Tom Black, who is the project manager and partner in the owning entity, Fite Development Co., made this statement:

"... Asked about the school, which has been at the site since 2008, Black was blunt.

They were the ones who really shouldn’t have put the school up there,” he said. “That was the problem, putting the school in an industrial area..."

I have a REPLY to Tom Black (and the Sacramento Gun Club and the City of Rancho Cordova):

Dear Mr. Tom Black,

I did some research at the City of Rancho Cordova's Planning Department web site, and specifically using THEIR planning department map, I put together a list of the different zoning codes for the ONE block of Routier RD between Lincoln Village/Systems Parkway (to the south) and Vanguard/Ellenwood (to the north).

This is what our neighborhood's zoning looks like:

1. Mayhew Community Baptist Church - 3401 Routier RD.
Zoning: Residential 5 (RD-5)

2. Quail Pointe Apartments - 3435 Routier RD
Zoning: RMU (Residential Mixed Use)

3. Sacramento Gun Club - 3443 Routier RD
Zoning: OIMU (Office/Industrial Mixed Use)

4. Vacant Undeveloped Property - 3477 Routier RD
Zoning: OIMU (Office/Industrial Mixed Use)

5. George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science - 10101 Systems Parkway
Zoning: CS (Community Services)

6. Neil Orchard Senior Citizens Center - 3480 Routier RD
Zoning: Parks and Open Space (POS)

7. Lincoln Village Park - 3450 Routier RD
Zoning: Parks and Open Space (POS)H

So, Mr. Black, you WERE wrong.

This ENTIRE Routier RD. neighborhood is NOT zoned as an Industrial area. Only the Sacramento Gun Club and the adjacent vacant lot (which is also owned by Fite Development) is zoned as Office/Industrial Mix Use.

To view the entire Sacramento Bee Article from October 1, 2014, please follow this link.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Received a Notice of Public Hearing from the City of Rancho Cordova Planning Department.

The Mayhew Community Baptist Church at 3401 Routier RD. wants to install an Electric Monument style sign.

Similar to the one just recently installed in front of the Neil Orchard Senior Citizens Center at 3480 Routier RD. (I now remember I received a Notice Of Public Hearing for that sign too.)

Oh - here's the kicker. They're (the church) zoned as Residential 5 (RD-5)!

So... in one block, you can start out as Resident 5 (RD-5), and end up zoned as Commercial/Mixed Use (for the Sacramento Gun Club at 3443 Routier RD)?

Is that the way planning is supposed to work?

Or is that just the way Rancho Cordova Planning Department operates?

Anyway, I think one electronic sign per block is sufficient.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Source: City of Rancho Cordova City Council [Please click link to view the video.]

The video of Rancho Cordova City Council's meeting of October 6, 2014, is now available for viewing.

On the site, look for the list of links under "City Council." October 6, 2014, is at the top of the list. Look to the right of the list, and click on "video." Public comments begin at approximately the 43:30 mark on the video.

You may need to use the Internet Explorer browser to be able to view the video, as I couldn't view the video utilizing the Firefox browser.

Update Oct. 14, 2014: Just noticed an embed code at the City of Rancho Cordova web site. Let's see if this works (it works if you have an Internet Explorer browser):

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There was a total of 42 citizens who presented comments. Not all of the comments directed towards City Council were about George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science vs Sacramento Gun Club. Here's the breakdown:

Supporting George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science vs Sacramento Gun Club - 28 speakers

Supporting Sacramento Gun Club vs George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science - 6 speakers

Against Rancho Cordova Measure H (an increase of 1/2 cent in the sales tax to support city fire and police, etc.) - 2

Citizens fighting violence on W. La Loma Dr. - 6

And a reminder - Lincoln Village United's PROTEST against the Sacramento Gun Club is about its location - within 252 FEET of an existing high school.


Source: CBS KXTV On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science students, parents, teachers, and their neighbors, staged silent protest picketing in front of 3443 Routier RD (Rancho Cordova) where the new business, Sacramento Gun Club, will be opening sometime soon.

Sacramento's local CBS TV station, KXTV, dispatched a news truck to interview those who participated, and broadcast the video on the evening news.

Rancho Cordova Students, Faculty Protest Proposed Gun Range 250 Feet From School

October 7, 2014 9:36 PM

Students and faculty took to the streets to make their voices heard over a proposed gun range near a school.

Students from George Washington Carver High protested what is already on its way.

“Even though it’s legal, it’s still wrong. you shouldn’t mix schools with guns,” said student Damon Kalerkorinos...

Please follow the link to read the complete text.

And THANK YOU everyone who worked the picket line!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NEW SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLE - 10/6/14 - Protest of gun club dominates Rancho Cordova council meeting

Source: Sacramento Bee (Please follow link for complete article.)

By Loretta Kalb
Published: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Protest of gun club dominates Rancho Cordova council meeting

Students and parents packed Rancho Cordova’s City Council chambers Monday night to protest the city’s quiet approval months ago of the Sacramento Gun Club near the Waldorf-inspired George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science.

The five-member City Council listened to protests from speaker after speaker who live near the gun club, attend Carver or have children at the campus. While council members have said they can do little to stop the project as it nears completion, the council intends to review zoning regulations that permit gun-related businesses near schools...

Please follow link for complete article.

Monday, October 6, 2014


I borrowed the image from Cute Overload today.

But unlike Mr. Rat, Lincoln Village United would LIKE you to participate (please) at the Rancho Cordova City Council meeting at 5:30pm today, October 6, 2014. We are returning to Rancho Cordova City Council to address the City Council with our varied concerns about Sacramento Gun Club moving into 3443 Routier RD.

PLEASE join us. Help US make History!

Rancho Cordova City Hall is located at 2729 Prospect Park Drive. The nearest cross street is Gold Center Dr. It is just off the Zinfandel Dr. off-ramp from Highway 50.

If you would like to address the City Council, please try to be there BEFORE 5:30pm, as you need to fill out a public comments card, and TURN IT IN before the City Council meeting begins.

We would LOVE to have as many concerned citizens there for a show of public and moral support.

Again, this is for the CONTINUING protest of the Rancho Cordova's approval of the new business, Sacramento Gun Club, moving into the Routier RD neighborhood, within 252 FEET of an existing high school (George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences).

It is also in very close vicinity to the Lincoln Village Park, the Neil Orchard Senior Citizens Center, the Quail Pointe Apartments, the Mayhew Community Baptist Church, and a "high density" of single family homes.

Looking forward to seeing YOU there!

Thank you!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

NBC NEWS - MAKING A DIFFERENCE VIDEO: Volunteers Build 26 Playgrounds to Remember Sandy Hook Victims

Source: NBC Nightly News

Nightly News

There were 26 victims of the Newtown shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, now there is a playground to memorialize each of them.

Published October 3rd 2014, 4:54 pm

Friday, October 3, 2014

CBS RADIO STATION 100.5 - Freaky Fact or Fiction: Gun Range To Open 250 Feet From High School

Freaky Fact or Fiction: Gun Range To Open 250 Feet From High School

It’s a freaky fact! The Sacramento Gun Club plans to open an indoor range in Rancho Cordova just 250 feet from George Washington Carver!

They are within their rights, according to the law. So would a strip club be if they wanted to open up 250 feet from a church, but who thinks that’s a good idea? Listen to the audio at the site.


The three most important things about real estate is location, location, location!

One would think that a property development company would know their own motto of location, location, location.

And that is the backbone of our protest against the Sacramento Gun Club - it's their location, location, location.

1) They are located within 252 FEET of George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences;

2) They are located within 252 FEET of the Lincoln Village Community Park AND the Neil Orchard Senior Citizens Center (and the swimming pool, the children's play area, the bbq area, the tennis courts...);

3) They are located within 252 FEET of the Quail Pointe Apartment complex, with its 120 units,

4) They are located close to the Mayhew Community Baptist Church,

5) They are located close to a high density of single family homes.

THIS is why we are protesting.

Last night at the Sacramento City Unified School District board meeting, more than one board member mentioned to the City of Rancho Cordova's representatives at the meeting, that it was the board's "moral imperative" to PROTECT their students.

So, please, if you haven't time yet to do so, please, please, please sign our petition of protest. Help US make history!

Thank YOU!


A NEW Sacramento Bee article is now online. (Please follow the link for the complete article.)

Sacramento City district trustees ask Rancho Cordova to move gun club.

Trustees of the Sacramento City Unified School District voted unanimously Thursday night to ask the city of Rancho Cordova to relocate a state-of-the-art gun club under construction near a Waldorf-inspired high school...


The Sacramento Gun Club’s 4,000-square-foot, $6 million facility is roughly 250 feet from the George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences.

Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/shooting-range-set-to-open-next-to-a-sacramento-high-school/28383746#ixzz3F4cARDp8

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Tell YOUR elected officials how YOU feel about guns and schools. Please show YOUR support and make YOUR voice be heard!

Please sign our petition.

Thank YOU!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


A NEW Sacramento Bee article, discussing the protest between the George Washington Carver School or Arts and Sciences students and their parents; teachers and administrators; and their Carver neighbors over the new business, the Sacramento Gun Club's (an indoor shooting range and retail gun store) LOCATION being within 252 FEET from Carver, is now online.

Please read the article, and if you agree with us that the Sacramento Gun Club needs to MOVE, please sign our online petition.


PLEASE, write letters of concern regarding the Sacramento Gun Club opening within 252 FEET of an existing High School (George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences).


- Certified Letters are the best option (you get a receipt back that your recipient has received your letter),
- Standard (snail) mail is the next best option,
- E-mail is also an option.


City of Rancho Cordova, 2729 Prospect Park Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

- Mayor Dan Skoglund - e-mail: dskoglund@cityofranchocordova.org
- Vice Mayor Robert McGarvey - e-mail: rmcgarvey@cityofranchocordova.org
- City Council Member Donald Terry - e-mail to: dterry@cityofranchocordova.org
- City Council Member Linda Budge - e-mail to: lbudge@cityofranchocordova.org
- City Council Member David Sander - e-mail to: dsander@cityofranchocordova.org


- Don Nottoli, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, District 5 - e-mail: nottolid@saccounty.net


- California State Assemblyman Ken Cooley, District 8. Mr. Cooley is running for re-election, and his opponent is Douglas Haaland.
- For California State Senate District 4, State Senator Jim Nielsen is running for re-election and his opponent is CJ Jawahar.
- California State Attorney General Kamala Harris
- California State Governor Jerry Brown


- Senator Barbara Boxer
- Senator Dianne Feinstein
- Congressman Ami Berra is running for re-election, and his opponent is Doug Ose.
- President Barack Obama

Thank YOU!