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Normal Gives Green Light For Gun Range, Lobbyist

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 03:59:53 CDT
By: Rachel Darling

Normal Gives Green Light For Gun Range, Lobbyist The Town of Normal will have a stronger presence in Springfield as of today. At last night's meeting the Town Council voted unanimously to authorize Normal Mayor Chris Koos to allow John S. Kamis of Carpenter Lipps & Leland to represent the town before the State House and Senate. Mayor Koos says Normal's issues and concerns will gain greater attention with a lobbyist...

   

"Having somebody boots on the ground in the Capitol, really helped us, and people that are experienced and know what's going on down there really helped us with the Federal government, and we think we've found a fit to help us do that with the State government."

Kamis says he wants to bring resources directly to Normal by working closely with the Council to lobby effectively for the town...

   

"In Springfield things move very quickly. There are 7,000 bills that get introduced each year. Being able to monitor and track legislation for them, identify grants, opportunism when they become available much of that work requires someone to be in Springfield on behalf of the city, looking for those opportunities."

Last night the Normal Town Council also voted unanimously to approve a special use permit for an Indoor Firing Range, providing firearm enthusiasts in Normal a new place engage in their favorite activities. Councilman Jeff Fritzen says though he is not a gun enthusiast himself, and the possibility of the range caused a "stir," it's beneficial to the community...

   

"As a safety concern people are going to better at handling those firearms and learn from that. And it's a place I'm sure where there will be youth programs and things like that. And so I think it's a great new addition to the community."

Owner Stephen Stewart described his plans for the range to the Council before they voted...

   

"We hope to put in eighteen lanes total. Ten of that is dedicated only to pistol caliber. The other eight would be rated for rifle."

Stewart says the eighteen lanes will be built at the standard length of twenty-five yards, and will also accommodate archery. The range will be located on Wylie Drive, in the Crossroad Center building.

   

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