The support I will recieve will not only keep my company running but I will continue to support the community as I have over 160 members and 12 Law Enforcement Agencies use my facility and attend our training. I also work with school corporations with active shooter training and threat assesments.
Before I started my company (in 2015) I called the Sheriff and asked what I would need to do to get it going. He told me that I needed and adiquete backstop and I needed to own the land. I also spoke to my neighbor (who owns a campground with two small cottages on it) and told him what I was thinking about doing. I mentioned to him that we could have the cub scouts and 4h camp at his place and they could learn firearms safety at my range. He was very receptive to the idea. My neighbor is 93 years old and isn't a resident of Indiana (where my range is) he lives in an assisted living facility in Alabama but travels up to his property where he has a cottage for about 45 days a year. During that 45 days I may have classes and shoot about 23 days. Months after I opened the range his attitude changed but he didn't come to me he went to the political class in our county to have me shut down.
The 93 year old is a retired attorney and decided to sue me for ruining the enjoyment of his property. His farm manager is good friends with the local political class and roped the county into coming after me for violating a permit that doesn't exist. No where in the county ordinances does it saying anything about firearms, shooting, range, guns or anything close. They filed an injunction to have me shut down because I did not get a permit to run an "Outdoor Commercial Enterprise". In Benton County, Indiana an outdoor commercial enterprise is defined as Agriculture and Farm related activities, which a gun range is neither.
The 93 year old mans story has changed every time he is under oath and he has the county doing his bidding. While he is coming after me he has been violating his board of zoning appeals permit from day one.
He says it is about the noise but the truth goes back to when my father was buying the property on contract from the previous owner. He tried to get my father to sell and then when that didn't work he went to the farmer that my father was buying on contract from and tried to get him to say that my father was late on a payment and break the contract. Luckly for my father the farmer had integrety and refused. The bottom line is the noise is just an excuse. All of the other neighbors around us shoot and it is in a very rural area. So rural that there is a bird habitat across the road that gets hunted every year.
I have a good attorney and I believe I will win on both fronts but they are doing a very good job of out spending me (which is one of their strategies). Even though I help the community is numerous ways his money and influence is proving hard to beat.
To learn more about my company: http://www.briggscoredynamics.com/about-bcd-s-leadership.html
Thank you very much for your support.
- Shane Gericke
- Marc Estes
- Steve Stark
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