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Money Problems Could Mean Changes for County Shooting Range

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Money problems at the Clark County Shooting Complex in North Las Vegas were exposed recently by 8 News NOW. The facility is losing millions of taxpayer dollars.

In a few weeks, it's expected there will be a proposal to get rid of the shooting range or possibly privatize it, but one county commissioner says those options could end up costing county taxpayers a lot more.

The county has subsidized the complex $2 million over the past three years. The complex administrator does plan to cut back on employees and use more volunteers, but Commissioner Tom Collins believes the county should be investing more money to save the complex.

Whether it's for fun or protection, the privately owned Green Valley Shooting Range sees dozens of shooters every day. That keeps enough money coming in to pay for the $25,000 it costs to keep the lights on and lead pumping. Any extra money goes towards advertising.

"In the end, if I didn't do all of the marketing that we do now, we would be making a profit," said Jerry Tumminia, the owner of Green Valley Range. "We are in business now because we take that money and reinvest it right back into the business."

Tumminia also uses social media to attract customers like Mike Minton.

"It's amazing how much information you can get off of Facebook for things that are going on during the weekends."

Across the Las Vegas valley, the Clark County Shooting Complex lost nearly $350,000 last fiscal year and even more the previous year. Collins said the county needs to spend more on advertising.

"Part of the contract with the shooting complex is marketing. Clark County has not done enough to market that shooting complex," Collins said.

The contract with the federal government brought more than $50 million in federal spending to build the complex. The contract reads that "commercial, for-profit entities may not operate facilities..."

Collins believes if commissioners vote to disband or sell the complex, the county will have to pay those millions back. He thinks it's time to reinvest more money to draw people to the range. He has even suggested a restaurant.

"We mean where you can go out there and have a steak and a can of beer and a glass of wine and look at the lights come on in Vegas after the shooting's done," Collins said.

Currently, both the for-profit and county-run ranges use social media to advertise for less, but the county complex's Facebook page hasn't been updated in three weeks. The complex did try to get a liquor license for a potential restaurant, but that attempt was short-lived.

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