LAREDO, TX (KGNS) -If you've been hoping the “Laredo Rifle and Pistol Club” would re-open soon, you'll have to hope a little longer.
A meeting between Webb County Officials and the club's treasurer ended in a virtual stalemate.
KGNS News Reporter Orlando Garza explains the hurdles the club faces if it is ever to re-open.
The “Laredo Rifle and Pistol Range” has been closed since September.
On top of an insurance issue, the county now has other concerns.
The club's main concern is a city ordinance that says land not used for six months or more, like the range, can be taken over the city.
Jim Stanley is an ex president and life member of the gun range.
"I don't know what we are going to do that's the only place in town to shoot where you can afford to shoot."
The county is asking the club to come up with a business plan that will generate funds for rent and clean up expenses, but the “Rifle and Pistol Club” is a non profit.
The only way it generates revenue is through membership fees, Stanley says, "we closed in October and that's when we started signing new memberships. We would have pickup about 10-thousand dollars in October of course but that's down the drain now."
The “Laredo Rifle and Pistol Club” has several shooting ranges the county is concerned of three pointed south in the direction of land a property owner wants to develop, to reopen, the club will have to move the range around.
The club says they're willing to do that, but it'll cost money the club doesn't have.
Stanley says the club will do all it can to reopen, but faces an uphill battle.
"people are going to shoot and if they don't have a place they're gonna shoot on highways and roads.
The county has also raised the issue of zoning.
If the county finds that the gun range is in a no-shooting zone, the club's gates will stay locked permanently.
On Monday the Laredo Rifle and Pistol Club's treasurer will present the county with a business plan.
The club says it's the first time the county has asked for a plan, in more than 60 years.