Village to Charge for Outside Use of Firearms Range

Barrington will now charge outside agencies a fee to use the shooting range at the Public Safety Building.

The s firearms range gets plenty of use, and not just by village employees.

The Barrington Police Department has allowed about a dozen neighboring law enforcement agencies to use the facility for free in the past. Many towns don’t have this type of shooting range available for officers to practice and train. The village wants to continue to allow other agencies access to the range, but for a small fee.

Village Manager Jeff Lawler explained that the village will charge outside agencies $30 per sworn officer for each year of use.

“We tried to come up with a number that would be a fair user fee,” Lawler said. “We have a sophisticated air handling system that requires annual expensive maintenance to maintain.”

The bulk of the maintenance fees come from cleaning up lead bullets. A specialized cleaning crew must be hired for that task due to lead exposure risk. The fees will also help to offset upkeep and improvement costs for the range.

The $30 per officer fee will be charged for the calendar year 2013. 

Jack H July 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM
You should offer a training course and allow autherized citizens the chance to use it when available and charge a yearly fee.
Peter Verzani August 13, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I agree Jack H! When I lived in Schaumburg the police dept would have an Open Range Night once a month for residents with a range master on site to supervise and give instruction. Only needed a FOID card and sign a waiver. It was free. Peter V


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