Ancient Oak Gun Club gets green light

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Wayne Evans helped build and will manage the Ancient Oak Gun Club HERALD-TRIBUNE ARCHIVE / 2013 / THOMAS BENDER

The long, drawn-out and expensive goal of Schroeder Manatee Ranch to offer a sporting clay range to the public appears about over.

Ancient Oak Gun Club will open, apparently.

The Manatee County hearing officer who has been in charge of the case has signaled her intent to approve SMR’s plan, although until the ink is dry on the final order, there’s still a possibility of some appeal.

Here’s a story I wrote for the newspaper about the ongoing saga.

Wayne Evans, a master-class competitive sporting clay shooter who designed the course and will manage the club, says any appeal will have to be made on a point of law – not an opinion about guns.

Evans says SMR plans to charge $175 for an annual membership. Note how this price compares to private golf clubs in the county.

 

 

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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