''For as long as I have owned firearms I have been shooting over at my father's house. He has about 14 acres, and we built a nice shooting range on the property... .... I have no desire to go to a square range...
I just found out yesterday that the cornfields behind my father's house have been sold, and the plan is to build the new elementary school there... About 500 yards away from...''
Since it's not your property and you didn't say, what does good father think of it all??
Things going BOOM at or around any school are immediately high profile due to all the nut jobs shooting up our kids. I would consult with an attorney. I suggest a well worded brief, concise letter stating activities on your (father's) property, frequency, and how long you've been doing all that. Upon attorney review / consult, I would mail copies (or if you actually pay attorney, have them do it) to any and all persons in-the-loop such as, sheriff, county commissioners, county super-duper school person or school bored; all parties said attorney sees fit to notify.
Hopefully the ''a nice shooting range'' that has been built years ago has a sufficient backstop/berm to catch rounds, i.e. ''XXX'' feet high, ''XXX'' wide etc. If you get a green light from attorney on this methodology (letter etc.) and the berm isn't sufficient I would suggest revamping it immediately.
I would also strongly encourage you to start documenting your shooting er, target practice frequencies with pictures or writing it down such as on a wall calendar. Saying you've been shooting er, practicing ''for a long time'' is nice, being able to prove it is nicer
If they have been formally notified in writing I cannot see where they could have a complaint in the future. Or even if they are anti, cause problems. Well, at least that would come to any fruition. The only ''give'' I would concede would be a good-neighbor phone call to a designated contact at the school , we are practicing tonight at 6/pm or something similar. Shucks I've done more then that while hunting, txt letting the landowners neighbors know, do they have dogs we should be aware of etc. Not permission...notification. Courtesy.
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