Controversy surfaces involving Laredo gun ranges

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - A thought on the minds of many Laredoans is which shooting range project John Galo is involving himself with.

     There is new information possibly linking John Galo to the new Arena Gun Club. Galo stated himself that he did not want to keep the original gun range closed, although some people are starting to become skeptical of that statement.

Galo stated himself that he did not want to keep the original gun range closed, although some people are starting to become skeptical of that statement.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) -Another Webb County Commissioner has been in the spotlight over the closure of one gun range and the opening of another.

Commissioner John Galo is on a committee overseeing issues that need to be resolved, in order for “The Laredo Rifle and Pistol Club” to re-open,but the club's former president says Galo has a conflict of interest and shouldn't be on the committee.
KGNS News Reporter Orlando Garza shows us some documents the club's former president says prove his claims.
It would be difficult to find anyone as passionate about “The Laredo Rifle and Pistol Club” than James Stanley.

"I have a love affair with “The Rifle and Pistol Club."
Stanley has been a member for about 40 years.
"I served as president, treasurer four times, served as secretary four times and a couple of times it was combined office."
Since the range closed in October Stanley has anticipated its reopening, but with a laundry list of issues that need addressing, before the club can re-open, many members feel county commissioner John Galo is working against them.
Stanley says, these documents show a connection between Galo's wife and brother-in-law and a new indoor gun range, set to open soon,but commissioner Galo says the documents are not what they seem.
Galo says his brother-in-law's name is Arturo Benavides, just like the person involved with the new indoor gun range, but, Galo says, they're two different people who happen to have the same name.
Galo says his brother-in-law and wife are associated with JA5 management, which has nothing to do with the new gun range.
"we are not involved there we have no interest in the club, make no money from the club."
Galo says, if he's been critical of the rifle and pistol club it's only because he's doing his job.
"You put citizens at risk, you put the county at risk , you put all the tax payers at risk like any lease you need certain things to comply with."
Risks like liability insurance the club didn't have for almost two year and not filing tax returns for three year.
Stanley says the club has made mistakes but is working to correct them.
"I've got a lot of hours invested out there, I would like to see my grand kids and every bodies grand kid able to use that facility."
Galo says, once those problems are fixed, he expects the club will re-open.
A decision on the re-opening of the Laredo rifle and pistol club is expected to be made on may first.
the club still has some obstacles to overcome, before then.


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