The Village board is about to approve a major change to current zoning law to allow for a New 16-Lane Public Gun Range and Store in Lincolnwood. This change downgrades existing law from a ½ mile buffer zone around schools and parks to 800 feet!
This affects School District 74 and the Parks & Recreation facilities in many locations; including Todd Hall (PreK-2nd), Rutledge Hall (3rd- 5th), and Lincoln Hall (6th-8th), several parks and the new bike path. (see image)
This is a major change to existing law with little or no input from the village residents and community.
Current Law: No gun shops within 1/2 mile of school, park, or residence
Proposed Law: Reduces this distance down to 800 ft.
Please help us take action in 3 ways:
1. Sign this petition to the Board of Trustee's & share it with your family and friends
2. Go to the Plan Commission Meeting at 6900 N Lincoln Ave in the Council Chambers Room:
- September 4th @ 7:00pm : Come & address YOUR concern (Last chance!)
3. Contact the Village Trustee’s to express your concern
Vote "No" to Changing Law to Allow for New Public Gun Range
Dear Board of Trustee Member:
I am deeply concerned that you are contemplating changing the protective zoning law that states “No Gun Shops within a ½ mile of a park, school, or residence”. A local Firearms Dealer has proposed a relocation plan of an expansion that includes a New Public 16 Lane Gun Range with no on-site parking. They have asked the City Plan Commission for several variances to the current laws to accommodate their plan in many ways. What’s more concerning is that the variances were recommended by the Plan Commission with a vote of 5 to 1.
The most important variance would downgrade the current protective zone law by more than TWO THIRDS; from 2640 feet down to 800 feet! I have recently learned that the planned 16 Lane Public Gun Range and fire arms dealer is in close proximity to School District 74 and the Parks & Recreation facilities in many locations; including Todd Hall (PreK-2nd), Rutledge Hall (3rd- 5th), and Lincoln Hall (6th-8th), several parks and the new bike path. In my opinion this is too close for comfort. The ½ mile law was written to provide an assured zone of protection for our families, friends, and our community.
I urge you to advise the Planning Commission to vote no on August 22nd, and think about Lincolnwood as a whole and how this variance would affect everyone in our community.
Thank you for your time.