John Sablan said every person discharging a registered firearm at his Sportsland Shooting Range in Dededo has a valid firearms identification card, and is exercising their Second Amendment rights without charge.
“We are not operating a business. We don’t have a business license. We are not charging anybody to come in to shoot anything,” Mr. Sablan told Kandit, wanting to clear up what he believes is miscommunication or misinformation the attorney general may have received about what is going on at the shooting range, which does not currently have a business license to make money.
Douglas Moylan Friday morning emailed the chief of police asking that his officers issue one last warning to whoever is shooting firearms at the shooting range before arresting them. Mr. Moylan wrote, “I am aware of criminal complaints from surrounding families about shooting continuing at the Sportsland Shooting Range in Dededo, including a public media report.”
According to Mr. Moylan’s message to the police chief, the possible violation is due to a belief that shooting is occurring within 50 yards of the range’s nearest neighbor. But, Mr. Sablan said that is not the case at all.
“Guam law allows property owners to shoot in their property, 50 yards from the nearest occupied structure,” Mr. Sablan told Kandit. “This was confirmed by the AG last year. It’s perfectly legal, if you look at the law, that it clearly spells it out if you’re outside 50 yards of the nearest occupied dwelling. Everybody that comes to shoot has a valid firearms ID and their guns are registered.”
He also said investigators from the Office of the Attorney General of Guam visited his property today, and he allowed them to take measurements to prove the distance requirement.
“We’re well within our second amendment rights,” he said.
The shooting range became a public controversy last year that resulted in a commitment by the government to reissue the business its license if it built a security fence to certain specifications. At the time, residents of the area, Mr. Moylan, and others, were concerned about stray bullets from the range hurting people within a wide radius. That included a nearby public school. Mr. Sablan said his company is well on its way to conforming with the government’s requirements.
“We have every intention of getting that license back,” he said. “We are working on the plans right now.”