Recent articles in The Gazette and other media on the gun range in Glenville seemed to have left out a segment of the public with regards to usage of the range. If ever an issue cried out for “shared services,” this is it.
To the best of my knowledge, none of the police agencies in Schenectady County, including the sheriff’s department, have an updated indoor firing range for either pistols or rifles.
The only place the public can go to shoot is outdoor ranges, because most indoor pistol ranges limit use to .38 calibers or less, with no indoor rifle use. Most police agencies use either 9mm or .40 caliber ammunition and have to do their shooting on outdoor ranges in their respective towns, when weather permits.
With over 800 pistol permits issued per year in Schenectady County, there should be an indoor range for public use also. The Schenectady County IDA has acquired the former Navy Depot in Scotia, with a lot of vacant land. This would be a perfect spot to build an up-to-date indoor facility.
Why don’t our respective leaders get together to find a way to make this a reality for our police forces and the public at large?
Working together really works with shared services for all those involved.