Some gun enthusiasts fear new homes could threaten Maui’s only shooting range

On the weekend, Ukumehame Firing Range is filled with people. If homes are built right next door, many gun owners fear they could be pushed out.
Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 6:22 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 19, 2022 at 6:52 PM HST
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UKUMEHAME (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some Maui gun owners fear the development of new homes could threaten the island’s only shooting range.

Ukumehame Firing Range is the only legal public shooting range on the Valley Isle.

Ray Ishii, president of Valley Isle Sport Shooters Club, has been coming to the range in West Maui since it first opened in the 1990s.

“This is the only place where basically people get to shoot, both civilians, the hunters, gun owners, plus also law enforcement and military, they use this range, so it’s in use a lot,” he said.

A real estate company from the mainland wants to build 48 single-family homes nearby.

“The boundary is about 200 to 300 yards to the west of us,” said Ishii.

The zoning allows for one main house of unlimited square footage, an ohana (cottage) of up to 1,000 square feet, and a barn or other agricultural structure.

The plan promises all homes on lots above sea level will have an ocean view.

Gun owners fear the new neighbors won’t tolerate a gun range nearby.

“I just hope it doesn’t end up like happens on the mainland, where basically civilization moves in next door and they try to shut it down,” said Ishii.

The development’s marketing manager said they are “not at liberty to comment” on the situation.

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