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Gun club starts construction but neighbors have concerns

By Carl Winder, Multimedia Journalist, carl.winder@krdo.com
Published On: Apr 25 2014 02:23:33 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 25 2014 02:31:52 PM CDT

The ground breaking may not be as loud as a gunshot, but people in the Pine Cliff neighborhood are hoping that’s all they hear from Whistling Pines Gun Club.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The ground breaking may not be as loud as a gunshot, but people in the Pine Cliff neighborhood are hoping that’s all they hear from Whistling Pines Gun Club.

Whistling Pines Owner Bob Holmes waited for more than a year to put his shovel in the ground to start construction on his second gun club.

“We’ve had our challenges but everything worked, and today is our day,” he said.

Holmes received approval from the Colorado Springs City Council to start construction on his gun club on Peace Palace Point, which is near Garden of the Gods Road and Centennial Boulevard.

Even though council gave the OK, neighbors in the Pine Cliff area are still worried about the gun noise.

“Now that they’re building, we’ll just kind of hope and monitor that their sound studies prove true and we don’t hear it,” Marcia Oltrogge said. S

But even though the neighbors plan to keep an ear on the gun club below their homes, they say they will still roll out the welcome mat.

Holmes has a challenge for the neighbors who are concerned about the noise.

“I made an offer to them to go on their decks and we will have shooters down (where the club is). If we hear anything, we can ban that caliber,” he said.

Holmes plans to open the gun club in November.

City Council put in place these stipulations while approving the gun club.

  • 4 inch concrete lift on the roof
  • No .50-caliber or .460 Weatherby Magnum
  • No gun larger than a .300 Winchester
  • 8 p.m. closing time
  • Comply with the city's noise ordinance in a commercial zone re: 60 decibel levels

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