Plans for Indoor Gun Range Come to a Halt

Plans for Indoor Gun Range Come to a Halt

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ODESSA - Plans for an indoor gun range in the Basin have hit a road block and surprisingly, Washington politics may be partially to blame. That's not the only thing keeping the project from getting started.

The Family Armory and Indoor Range has been months in the making.

The business plans have been laid out, land has been bought and the construction blue prints have been drawn up but something is still missing.

"Everything is in order," Tony Grijalva said. "One thing we lack is investment in the business to actually move forward and start construction."

Grijalva is the man behind the gun range. He said investors are hesitant to put their money into the project and the reason might surprise you.

"They feel that Washington politics is somehow gonna contaminate what I'm doing and make my business less viable as the future goes on," Grijalva said.

Although recent federal gun legislation failed to pass, Grijalva said he's having a hard time finding someone willing to take a chance on his venture.

And like so many others, he's competing with the oil and gas industry.

"Local investors are putting their money into real estate, which is apartments and housing and what not," Grijalva said. "Trucking industries, oil companies because they can get a better return for their money than I can give them for the range."

No investors mean the project is at a standstill.

"To be honest, it feels frustrating but it's an understandable frustration," he said.

Grijalva said he plans on networking and finding creative ways to raise money for the range but for now he waits.

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