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San Francisco gun club in crosshairs
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2008 | Marisa Lagos

Posted on 03/20/2008 12:16:26 PM PDT by GSWarrior

Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, the shots start ringing out at 11 a.m. from the 80-year-old Pacific Rod and Gun Club on the shores of San Francisco's Lake Merced, sending loud booms across the western half of the city.

Club members and other shooters trickle in all afternoon, unloading their shotguns and dogs, donning their hunting vests and making their way up a set of rickety stairs to the clubhouse. There, they plunk down their fees - $8 per 25-shot round for nonmembers and $4 for members - and head out to the trap and skeet fields.

But the prospect of shutting the gun club has some people steaming mad and others celebrating. In a city that voted three years ago to ban handguns entirely, many residents may be surprised that a gun club exists - and some of its critics are hoping to seize on the anti-firearm sentiment.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: guncontrol; sanfrancisco; skeet
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1 posted on 03/20/2008 12:16:27 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

That there is a gun club in San Francisco should practically be breaking news in itself.


2 posted on 03/20/2008 12:18:26 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: GSWarrior

Looks like a nice place. Too bad they have such ignorant neighbors.


3 posted on 03/20/2008 12:20:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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I live about a mile away and have never heard them.


4 posted on 03/20/2008 12:20:14 PM PDT by SF Republican (Conservatives wanted all or nothing, and they got it.)
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To: SF Republican
sending loud booms across the western half of the city.

A ridiculous statement.

5 posted on 03/20/2008 12:24:48 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior
In a city that voted three years ago to ban handguns entirely, many residents may be surprised that a gun club exists

Since when does a shotgun qualify as a handgun?

6 posted on 03/20/2008 12:28:14 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Great spirits will always encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds.)
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To: GSWarrior
Inquiring minds want to know . . . .

What the heck do they need DOGS for?

Do they retrieve the little itty bitty bits of shattered clays?

Or do they only send the dogs out on misses, when the clay lands intact?

How do the dogs carry them in their mouths? Do they taste funny?

Which side do you heel a dog on in the skeet field?

< /d**n ignorant reporters! >

7 posted on 03/20/2008 12:28:48 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: BenLurkin

The neighbors are not ignorant -they are hateful.
Libs hate everything good and love everything bad. They hate free enterprise and stregth and love weakness and socialism. A very strange species.


8 posted on 03/20/2008 12:29:29 PM PDT by genghis
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Since when does a shotgun qualify as a handgun?

Since you can carry it in your hands.

9 posted on 03/20/2008 12:30:46 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: GSWarrior
You'd think that San Francisco would encourage gun ownership, for self-defense against homophobic Neanderthals.

(I am only partially being facetious. Unpopular minorities have even more vested interest in Second Amendment rights than citizens generally.)

10 posted on 03/20/2008 12:32:28 PM PDT by steve-b (Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense. --RAH)
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To: GSWarrior

What the whiners will never understand is that what they are hearing is the sound of freedom.


11 posted on 03/20/2008 12:34:15 PM PDT by beltfed308 (Heller: The defining moment of our Republic)
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To: BenLurkin

Nice indeed.I’m shooting there once a month.


12 posted on 03/20/2008 12:34:32 PM PDT by QQQQ
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Felicia Zeiger, who lives in Merced Heights, has made the club a crusade for years. She says she can't garden on weekends because of the noise, and is often forced to drive to the other side of the city to walk her dog, who is terrified by the cacophony.

"When the club was originally built ... there was nothing but a couple of farms and sand dunes, and now there are residents all around," she said.

Sounds like she made a pretty stupid decision on where to live, then, if she doesn't like hearing shotgun noises on the weekends.

One of my biggest busybody pet peeves is the morons who move next to an establishment that has undertaken a certain activity (usually for many years) and then demand that the establishment cease its activity because it bothers them. Usually it's some noise that activity makes, but it could be the "types of people" a certain place draws, or its late hours, or rowdy crowds, or just some activity that someone else doesn't care for. But it's never one of these places opening up in an existing neighborhood; it's always some idiot who bought property right next door (and probably got a good deal because of the supposed "nuisance") and then turns around and tries to use the government to shut down an established business.

13 posted on 03/20/2008 12:34:41 PM PDT by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: beltfed308
What the whiners will never understand is that what they are hearing is the sound of freedom.

Especially freedom from tyrannical governments. The farther away I can hear it (about 3 miles around here for a 12 gauge), the better.

14 posted on 03/20/2008 12:36:34 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: AnAmericanMother
I don't think the reporter visited the site....I haven't been out that way for several years but I don't remember any "rickety stairs."

However, the reporter went out of her way to conjure up negative images of the sport and its participants.

It's just a trap and skeet range, fer cryin' out loud.

15 posted on 03/20/2008 12:38:16 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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Look at these criminals. How dare they abuse the 2nd amendment. (/sarc)


16 posted on 03/20/2008 12:41:30 PM PDT by gunservative
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To: gondramB
Gun Club... San Fransicko? Oh yeah, they're toast. They must have been a well kept secret to last this long.
17 posted on 03/20/2008 12:42:26 PM PDT by Desron13 (If you constantly vote between the lesser of two evils then evil is your ultimate destination.)
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To: GSWarrior

One way to fix the noise problem, if any, would be for the government to permit suppressors for shotguns.


18 posted on 03/20/2008 12:43:04 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
"Since when does a shotgun qualify as a handgun?"

In the emotional little mind of your average libtard; A hand gun is a shot gun is an assault riffle is a 105mm Howitzer. It's all the same to them.

19 posted on 03/20/2008 12:46:29 PM PDT by Desron13 (If you constantly vote between the lesser of two evils then evil is your ultimate destination.)
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To: genghis

There are some surprisingly positive and supportive comments at the end of the article in the comments section.


20 posted on 03/20/2008 12:49:18 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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