County can't stop Shingle Springs Band from opening gun range

The seal of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians in California. Image from Facebook

Residents are still worried about a gun range on the reservation of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians but officials in El Dorado County, California, say there's nothing they can do about it.

The outdoor Shingle Springs Gun Range will feature up to 29 lanes. But since it's located on trust land, the county lacks jurisdiction over the project.

“My understanding is it’s federally trust land, through their protections of that, they pretty much have the right to do anything they want on their land,” county supervisor Brian Veercamp told CBS Sacramento.

The tribe posted a draft safety plan after neighbors raised concerns. The facility will be about 1,000 yards from two schools and 100 yards from a major highway, according to opponents of the project.

This aerial map shows the "Shingle Springs Off-Reservation Trust Land" where the proposed shooting range will be located in Shingle Springs, California. Image from Google Maps

According to Google Maps, however, the driving distance between the range and the schools is about 0.8 miles. There is no direct path from the site on the reservation to those schools.

The tribe's amended its firearms ordinance to authorizes the shooting range, according to a resolution passed in April 2014.

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