The Ramona Sportsmen’s Club is looking for a new president who can help lead the development of a shooting range as well as facilitate the monthly meetings.
Club president Daniel Wisnewski, who has led the group since its inception in 2015, said he believes the time is right to step down. He said his business activity, which includes owning Ramona Shootists’ Emporium at 649 Main Street, is becoming more and more demanding and needs special attention.
The club planned to build a shooting range near Ramona in the Cleveland National Forest for a while, but efforts have derailed due to the coronavirus, he said. The shooting range would be reserved for firearms and archery with a range of at least 100 meters and shorter ranges for pistols, he said. Long-term plans also include camping.
Club members would be responsible for maintaining the facility, but access would be open to everyone, Wisnewski said. Other shooting ranges often have memberships or closed waiting lists, he said.
Although progress has been made on a classification plan, the National Forest Service has yet to approve the full plan.
“People need to be able to participate in shooting sports,” he said. “We have had a successful relationship with the National Forest Service and it can be done. I will be there to support and keep the club alive, but I cannot organize the monthly meetings. “
So far, progress has been made in acquiring a classification plan at a cost of around $ 1,000, but the majority of the funding will go towards setting up equipment such as targets, conex enclosures, fencing and security, said Wisnewski. He said the club would consider offering guns for rental, but would follow direction from the state legislature on how guns are handled and who handles them.
“These details need to be worked out on how this could be done or facilitated, at least in terms of gun rental,” he said. “Ideally we would like this to be available, it’s just a logistical challenge to figure out how it would be done. “
Sportsmen’s Club treasurer Charles Smith said the shooting range project was proposed several years ago by a shooting range planning committee. The club want to create a safe and friendly environment where shooting enthusiasts can practice on target and even some competitive events, Smith said. Having a designated shooting range would give people an alternative to bringing their own shooting targets, usually assorted items like old televisions, to the Orosco Ridge recreational target shooting area just north of Ramona in the Cleveland National Forest, he added.
“When people come out on public land, they take the dumbest stuff and shoot it and then leave it there,” Smith said. “People bring so much garbage to Orosco Ridge that it’s impossible to keep it clean.”
Smith said a local shooting range would also make shooting sports much safer, as it would be in a controlled environment with a range security officer on site while shooting is permitted.
Currently, the Ramona Sportsmen’s Club has around 120 members. Wisnewski said he hopes to reinvigorate the group and continue to host speakers and presentations at the monthly meetings.
Previous presentations have covered topics such as antique firearms, including information about their history and how firearms were acquired, Smith said. Speakers included Michael Schwartz, president of the San Diego County Gun Owners Club, he added.
For now, the monthly meetings that were previously held on the second Tuesday of the month are on hiatus. Meetings will resume once a new president is selected, Wisnewski said.
“I need someone to take the lead and keep the club in the same direction, but I’m also okay with new ideas,” he said. “If anyone wants to take another position on the board of directors, but not the position of chairman, we are also open to that. “
Interested candidates can send an email to [email protected] before September 9th. A five-member board will review the nominations, but final approval will be given by the members.