“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this decision was made less than three months into the term of our new Democratic mayor,” said Sandlin, a retired police officer, a National Rifle Association member and a candidate for State Senate District 36.
“The Democrats have a long-standing agenda to limit the Second Amendment rights of Americans. In this case, Mayor Hogsett supported this decision without consulting the council and with little apparent respect for the benefits that the pistol range has provided to the public for the past 35 years.”
Sandlin said he believes that the new administration has no reasonable justification for closing the range.
“They state that it’s strictly an economic decision. Yet, last year, the council provided $1.1 million for repairs to the range so that IMPD could keep using it. Why would we spend so much to upgrade the facility and then close it to the public? It just makes no sense,” he says. “Taxpayers are paying for the range. But now they can’t use it. They have to go to more expensive private gun clubs instead.”