View Full Version : Rezoning allows firearms testing

06-13-2012, 06:55 AM
Windsor company Elite Machining is one step closer to having on-site firearms testing.

On Monday, the city's planning committee recommended rezoning that will allow guns to be fired at the machine shop's location at 3232 Grand Marais Rd. E., between Meighen and Meldrum Road.

The company has been considering manufacture of firearm parts, and test-firing would be a necessary element of the business.

Coun. Percy Hatfield, a member of the planning committee, said Monday's meeting cleared up misconceptions about what such test-firing would entail.

Far from a shooting range, the company only plans on purchasing a bullet trap: An indoor device with a chamber into which guns are fired.

Hatfield likened the device to lab equipment used for ballistics reports, as depicted on the television show CSI.

"I think if (the company) hadn't used the word 'range,' there probably wouldn't have been any controversy at all," Hatfield said.

"It's not like you're shooting a hundred yards down at a target. There's none of that."

The committee voted unanimously in favour of rezoning.

"Nobody from the neighbourhood was there to object to it at all," Hatfield noted. "It was pretty cut and dry, actually."

A report to the planning committee described the zoning amendment as "minor in nature."

Elite Machining owner Steve Goulet was pleased by the vote's outcome, but emphasized that the company's plans for firearm manufacturing are still in the preliminary stages.

He said he hasn't even decided what bullet trap model will be purchased.

Bullet trap units by Savage Range Systems vary in price from less than $1,000 for desktop models to $27,000 for large non-mobile ones.

"We're talking about a selfcontained test-firing chamber," Goulet said Tuesday. "Not an open range where you can shoot in any direction.

"The entire firearm, in most cases, will be inside the box."

Goulet reiterated the company's position that firearms are "tools that men and women need.

"We here in Windsor have unique capabilities to machine, manufacture and repair this kind of stuff. And nobody's really tapped into this market."

Goulet said some nearby residents have stopped by the facility in recent weeks, and he's talked to them about what's planned. "No one has any issues with it."

The rezoning still has to go before city council in the coming weeks for final approval, but Hatfield believes it's mostly a matter of process and he doesn't anticipate much discussion.

Hatfield agreed with the suggestion that Canadians tend to have strong reactions to any mention of guns in society.

"I think that's a good thing," said Hatfield, going on to describe the U.S. as having "a whole different approach to firearms."

By way of example, Hatfield noted that all sorts of weapons can be bought at flea markets in Florida and other areas of the U.S.

"I was in Las Vegas recently, and there were big billboards inviting you to come shoot machine guns."

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