July 10: Controversial gun club in Osseo gets final approval to start construction

  • Article by: Kelly Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 19, 2013 - 9:43 PM

Work on the controversial Osseo Gun Club will begin in a few weeks after the City Council gave its final approval.

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jarlmnJul. 9, 13 6:15 PM

A gun range or even a gun store near a school is no threat whatsoever to students. The only actual thing threatening (to the gun-phobes) is that guns and the shooting sports might be again seen as normal, safe, law-abiding recreational activities .... instead of some magical-unicorn evil incarnate. I and a lot of gun enthusiasts will gladly travel out of our way to Osseo, just to support this business venture.

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getcrazyJul. 9, 13 6:30 PM

I took a DNR gun safety elective class at Osseo in Sr. High. I remember kids bringing their .22's to school on the bus. We went to an outdoor range with our teacher and shot at 5-gallon buckets full of peanut butter. Some people shouldn't have guns and that's the truth. Obviously it's true because they kill people. There should better and more linked background checks. Even the son of the president of the NRA is serving ten years for pulling a gun and shooting at someone in a road rage incident. He lied during the background check so he could get the gun. He shouldn't have had it. He wasn't even allowed to have one. He tried to kill someone. But this range being near the school? I don't see a problem with it. Even if it was a mile away in Maple Grove or Brooklyn Park it wouldn't be any different. You can walk a mile in 15 minutes. Whats the difference there? Could be across town for that matter. They sell guns and ammo at Fleet Farm and thats only a mile from the school and they've been doing for about 30 years. No one has complained about that.

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owatonnabillJul. 9, 13 7:18 PM

It is legal to own guns. It is legal, if you qualify for the privilege, to carry a gun in public. A state-of-the-art gun range and (for all intents and purposes) educational center near a school can only be a good thing. The more you know, the less you fear. And this is as true about guns as it is about anything else.

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zekefaxJul. 9, 1310:36 PM

I'm not particulary fond of guns or gun groups because I feel that nationwide much more should be done to ensure that weapons are being sold to responsible people not idiots and no one has ever given me what I think is a valid reason to have large magazine assault weapon type guns available for anyone. That being said, a gun range where people can learn the proper way to handle their guns and store them at home properly is a good idea!

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DeanageJul. 10, 13 8:54 AM

"they were worried gun owners walking from the gun club with firearms could be mistaken as a threat to school safety, spurring lockdowns." Because criminals always saunter down the street in plain view with their guns unloaded in big plastic gun shaped cases, right?

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RossbergJul. 10, 13 9:44 AM

"....said at past meetings that they were worried gun owners walking from the gun club with firearms could be mistaken as a threat to school safety, spurring lockdowns." It's far more likely that would-be criminals will be intimidated by the knowledge that there are usually a lot of people carrying guns in that area and avoid it thereby making the area safer.

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panktainterJul. 10, 13 3:50 PM

I asked several Osseo HS students working at the grocery store across the street what they thought. They all were okay with it. Thought the school district should be more concerned about poor and threatening behavior by some students.

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jdlellis1Jul. 10, 13 5:38 PM

For those anti-gun zealots who believe the gun range poses a danger, have the courage to visit won and heaven forbid, take a class. What you will find is that those in attendance have a high regard, level of respect if you will for others which makes gun ranges very safe places. Now, before selecting a thumbs down, ask, "How many shootings, robberies or other criminal activity, is reported at gun clubs or by gun club patrons?

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mdachsJul. 19, 1310:56 PM

Zekefax, before we worry so much about selling guns to idiots, we should be far more concerned about selling cars and alcohol to idiots. Far more deaths are caused by car accidents and by drunk drivers than legal gun owners.

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railroadJul. 19, 1311:36 PM

There is an article in Star & Tribune today about a homeowner being robbed and in the robbery was all of his weapons. The weapons were sold to Felons by the burglar. Now these weapons that were legally purchase are in the hands of criminals. See how legal guns become bad weapons and used against innocent people. If no guns were sold, the criminals would not get guns either.

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