CLICK HERE: WOW! What a journey! This will be the last post on our "Save the Future of Shooting" page on the website, our GoFundMe (no donations needed) and our petition in Petition.org.
I will keep the "Save the Future of Shooting" page published for a bit longer and then it will be unpublished. It will not be deleted, just no longer seen.
THANK YOU JOHN MONROE. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU! WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT WE WOULD HAVE HAD AN EVEN HARDER TIME GETTING OUR RANGE BACK. THE SOUND ABSORBENT PANELS ARE UP AND NOISE HAS BEEN REDUCED ON THE RANGE. WE ARE HAPPY TO MOVE FORWARD.
There are WAY to many people to thank individually so here is a mass THANK YOU to people that donated, volunteered, signed petitions, represented and supported The Complete Combatant! Mission Accomplished! Environmental Noise Control Panels are UP!
CLICK HERE: We are so pleased to announce that the sound reducing panels have arrived! We bought them used from Environmental Noise Control to save money and they are in perfect shape...just a bit dirty. Thank you John Monroe for representing us. We also wanted to thank Chris Nutter for helping us unload. We will be working on Saturday to get the range ready for inspection on Monday.
WE DID IT!!!! Our Dahlonega Range is BACK IN BUSINESS!
CLICK HERE: Unfortunately, as of July 2021, Lumpkin County had shut down the "live fire" portion of The Complete Combatant. Never fear, we appealed this decision with the help of John Monroe Law, P.C, Georgia Gun Rights Attorney.
Lumpkin County invited us into medication and we found a balance in their wishes, and in ours. The PROCESS worked and we are able to reopen our range!
THANK YOU for your support. Friends, family, strangers, GO FUND ME, Petition.org, and like minded people all banded together in prayer, donations and positive energy!
THANK YOU John Monroe of John Monrow Law, P.C. We are HERE because of YOU!
CLICK HERE: We have donated range time to the UNG Military College. Brian and I are so excited to tell you about our latest "community project". Honesty, we are not doing much, just donating a spot for Dahlonega's Military College's Combat Action Shooting team to practice for 6 weeks for an upcoming competition.................
Brian and Shelley
CLICK HERE: Hi all! First off, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are surrounded by friends, family, food and laughter this week! As always, we are grateful for your support and we give thanks every single day that we have such a wonderful, strong and generous community standing with us! We are very blessed.
It has been a while since we had any new info to report but today there was some activity about us on the frontpage of The Dahlonega Nugget.
"Lumpkin County is in the crosshairs of a lawsuit filed by the owners of The Complete Combatant after their self defense business was ordered to cease all training that involved shooting at the Porter Springs gun range.
It was at this month’s work session that the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners announced that they had been served with the suit in response to their rejection of the company’s Special Land Use Application (SLUA) request.
The decision came after complaints from around the community over Brian Hill’s self defense program for the “armed citizen,” a business that has been located on Porter Springs Road since 2017"...........
We are very proud to announce WHO our attorney is.....hold onto your hats because some of you will know him as "the HAMMER"!
John Monroe has been practicing law since 1993. He devotes his practice to issues pertaining to gun laws. He regularly represents individuals and small businesses whose rights to keep and bear arms are being threatened either by governmental action or by private parties that are hostile to lawful possession and use of firearms.
During his career, John has litigated cases against the ATF, the FBI, the State of Georgia, and many counties and cities in Georgia and other states. John has successfully sued several probate judges in Georgia for refusing to issue weapons carry licenses to eligible clients. He also has defended clients criminally charged with murder, aggravated assault, carrying weapons in unauthorized locations, and others. He has argued and won cases before the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and other state and federal trial and appellate courts.
He has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is licensed to practice law in the Supreme Court of the United States, several federal appellate and trial courts (including all federal courts in Georgia, Wisconsin, and other states), and all state trial and appellate courts in Georgia and Wisconsin.
He is the chief legal counsel for GeorgiaCarry.Org, Inc. and Wisconsin Carry, Inc. two grass roots organizations devoted to fostering the rights of its members to keep and bear arms. In addition to representing clients, John drafts proposed legislation on behalf of GeorgiaCarry.Org and testifies before the legislature on the details of the proposals.
He has edited multiple books on gun laws in Georgia, has been a guest lecturer at both Georgia State and John Marshall law schools, and is a frequent speaker in both public forums on gun laws and in continuing legal education seminars on Second Amendment issues.
I am happy to announce that we have made the decision to appeal. We did our homework over the last several weeks and we have chosen excellent counsel. They have advised us to be silent throughout this process and to only offer updates when appropriate and when cleared by them. Obviously, you understand why.
We have already contacted some of the wonderful people that had donated to the "Save Our Range and Noise Reduction" fund to confirm that we have permission to use their generous gifts for legal expenses now, and in the future. We are proud to announce that 100% said "YES"!
TIME SENSITIVE: If you donated to our "Save Our Range" fund for the sole purpose of noise abatement, and do not want your gift to go towards legal expenses, then please email me BY OCTOBER 31st, 2021 and I will gladly return your donation. If I do not hear from you by then, I will assume you want us to "let it ride"!
THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!
Just a quick update on a few things:
#1. There are a couple things that Brian and I would like you to know. I will not be vague but it will simply be the facts.
We HAVE met all of the requirements per Planning and Zoning. This is on public record. On Tuesday, Aug. 17th, 2021 Planning and Zoning opened up the special 6:30pm hearing with a verbal presentation and slides of our property. They went over each requirement (see the purple section on the right side) in detail.
Code of ordinances that applies to the shooting range:
G. The following commercial land uses shall meet the additional requirements described below:
I. Outdoor recreational facilities, such as driving ranges, shooting ranges, batting cages, go-cart tracks, etc., shall meet the following requirements:
a. A 100-foot buffer shall be required for all components of the use.
b. All building structures shall be 200 feet from any non-residentially used or vacant property line, and 500 feet from any residentially used property line.
c. A plan for ingress and egress must be approved by the planning department.
d. Parking areas must be a minimum of 25 feet from any property line.
e. The property shall be enclosed by a security fence of not less than six feet in height along the side and rear property lines. Such fence shall be opaque along property lines adjacent to residential uses.
f. Uses that have a high risk of injury on adjacent properties, such as golf driving ranges or batting cages, may require additional screening or fencing at the discretion of the planning department.
The planning staff requires a 12 ft minimum fencing or skeleton framing system around the shooting range in order to hang weather resistant high density sound barriers, blankets or panels. (In accordance with Section 27-51 (G.) I., f.).
This is something that the Planning Department feels will be a productive way forward to help mitigate the sound that the range produces and per our code, we are requiring this.