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  • White City shooting range reopens Friday

  • Shooting ranges in White City that shut down July 1 will reopen Friday with a new requirement that visitors sign a waiver before they begin target practice.
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  • Shooting ranges in White City that shut down July 1 will reopen Friday with a new requirement that visitors sign a waiver before they begin target practice.
    "If you refuse to sign it, you're about to steal county services," said Phil Grammatica, president of the Rogue Valley Shooting Sports Association.
    The shooting ranges, which will open at 8 a.m. Friday, shut down because the insurance carrier dropped coverage after a man was injured by a piece of debris that flew back during target practice.
    The 18-range shooting complex is located at the Jackson County Sports Park.
    Grammatica said the National Rifle Association agreed to provide coverage for the range provided that new rules were strictly adhered to.
    The association will now have a range officer at the main gate who will ensure that all visitors fill out the waiver and release of liability. If the waiver isn't signed, then using the range is considered theft of county property, Grammatica said.
    In addition, ear and eye protection will be required at all times during target practice. Previously, ear and eye protection were recommended but not required.
    "We're trying to make a safe, clean asset for the county," Grammatica said.
    The NRA insurance will cost less than $2,000 a year, compared to $6,700 under the canceled policy.
    — Damian Mann
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