(Caption: Dennis Leifheit checks his accuracy.)
On a local level, the DeKalb County Board is continuing an effort to adjust the definition of “gun clubs.”
The proposed amended definition reads as follows: “[Gun club] shall mean a commercial use wherein one or more of the following activities occur: gun, rifle, and pistol clubs; gun and firing ranges; target shooting; trap; skeet; and/or, firearm training classes. Excluded from this type of use shall be general hunting, the noncommercial discharging of firearms, and noncommercial gun and firing ranges.”
Many residents, including local concealed carry instructors, want a clear explanation of the language and who it will affect if approved.
“I’m just curious why,” Doug Massier, an instructor from DeKalb, said at a recent public hearing. “Why, all of a sudden after three years of doing this, the county feels they have to regulate it. Can anybody answer that for me?”
Community Development Director Derek Hiland previously has saidáthat the amendment was meant to be more of a clarification of county code than a new approach to regulations.
Genoa resident Dan Taylor, also an instructor, said the cost of a special use permit could prohibit him from classes.
The conversation continued Wednesday night, and another public hearing is expected to be scheduled.