The Poway City Council unanimously voted in favor of plans to build a 42-lane indoor shooting range in the business park section of town, south of downtown Poway. The new range, the second approved for the business park, will be built on an empty 2.8-acre lot between Stowe Drive and Danielson Street.
Construction is planned to start in June 2013, and the owners are shooting for a grand opening as soon as May 2014. In February, the council approved, also unanimously, a proposal to convert an existing building at 12150 Flint Place into a 17-lane range. Both shooting ranges will be open to the public.
John Phillips is the owner of Poway Weapons and Gear. He is the man behind the newest range to be built west of Parkway Center Drive. Besides the 42 shooting lanes the building will house retail sales space, an office, and storage space. On-site parking is expected to surpass the legal Poway city requirement by at least 30 spaces.
Phillips told the council he wants to market extensively to North County law enforcement personnel, but any qualified person from the public at large will be welcomed. The lanes will be of three lengths: 50, 75 and 100 yards.
The plans were approved following a minimum of discussion by the council. Councilman Steve Vaus described the shooting range as “a great business asset” for Poway. Councilman Jim Cunningham stated that Poway will appreciate the sales tax revenues. While stating “I don’t understand the need to have guns and use guns,” Councilman Dave Grosch saw no reason to vote against the proposed new businesses.
There were no comments Tuesday night regarding the Second Amendment right to bear arms. That possibility had apparently drawn two San Diego television news camera crews to the meeting to record any possible debate, but no mention of the current national conundrum concerning gun-owner’s rights and responsibilities was made.