This is an example of a "Liberal" base commander who is ANTI gun!
I have seen this before, happened in Okinawa and the range is not bulldozed.
I work at Scott AFB and drive on and off base with my CASED shotguns all the time to shoot at the local range. So should the golf course be required to build a fence around its perimeter to keep strays from getting hit on the head? That is whey we have RANGE flags on military ranges to let everyone know that SHOOTING is going on.
Actually the skeet and trap range upon Oceana was run by MWR (morale, welfare and recreation) of the Navy.
It was actually the airbase security that sternly suggested a fence between the ranges and the airbase to prevent access to the flight line, runways and the other restricted areas of the base. The base commander suggested closing the range until this could be done and MWR followed with indefinitely closing the range with no real plans of opening it again. The range was not generating enough income to justify spending more money on a fence vs. what the club was actually generating as income. They had recently done some improvements to the range as well with a newer clubhouse but the range was not paying for itself and was not worth any more expenses.
There was/has been a slight whisper of a mention of making it a membership type self sufficient facility club but nobody as of yet has stepped up to the plate. It doesnt look good for that range.
Oceana was a nice place to shoot and it will be missed but its all about the money and without money things cant survive.
It is with deep regret that I must inform all concerned that the NAS Oceana Virginia Skeet and Trap Range has been ordered closed by the Commanding Officer of NAS Oceana.
According to the staff who operated the range, the range was ordered closed due to "Security Concerns" on the part of the Commanding Officer of NAS Oceana. Conversations with the staff indicate that the range will remain closed for the "foreseeable future".
In the interim, all NSSA Shooting at this facility is cancelled, effective immediately. There were several "monthly targets" and a doubles event refered to as "Kains Follies" on the 2007 schedule. All are null and void.