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Oklahoma City offers payout to shooting range owner

The Water Utilities Trust would only allow steel shot at the shotgun sports facility. Quail Ridge Sporting Clays owner Dave Martin had said without lead shot the business would not work.
by William Crum Published: May 8, 2013

Oklahoma City is offering $109,000 to the owner of a shotgun sports shooting range whose lease on public land is being terminated.

Dave Martin opened Quail Ridge Sporting Clays in February 2012 on leased land along SE 149 Street in the West Elm Creek Reservation.

Gunfire almost immediately drew complaints from neighbors.

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust proposed moving the range to SE 119 Street, where neighbors would not be so close, but that proposal drew opposition from residents living within about a mile of the site.

When Water Utilities Trust members voted last month to forbid lead shot at the new location, Martin indicated he might have to close, saying he could not “afford to do it without lead. The shooters won't come.”

Shotgun sports shooters prefer lead. They have concerns about accuracy and the potential for damage to their guns from steel shot.

Martin declined to comment on Tuesday.

Being on public land within minutes of downtown Oklahoma City gave Quail Ridge a competitive advantage over other ranges in central Oklahoma.

In a letter last month, a Shawnee law firm that represents Quail Ridge said Martin was looking for other land to purchase to relocate his range.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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