Sacramento City district trustees ask Rancho Cordova to move gun club

Trustees of the Sacramento City Unified School District voted unanimously Thursday night to ask the city of Rancho Cordova to relocate a state-of-the-art gun club under construction near a Waldorf-inspired high school.

Rancho Cordova representatives told school board members shortly before the vote that the city cannot legally require the relocation of the Sacramento Gun Club, a $6 million development that is about two months away from opening.

The club, with indoor shooting ranges, was approved by the city Planning Department earlier this year without a public hearing. City officials said no public hearing was required since the site is zoned for industrial/mixed use, and the club qualifies for such a use.

“No notice is required,” Trustee Jay Hansen told city Planning Director Paul Junker, who gave the green light to the project. “But it may have been appropriate.”

“At this point, I would not disagree,” Junker replied.

The George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science operates about 250 feet to the south of the gun club.

Trustee Christina Pritchett, who led the school district’s campaign against the gun club, received support from other trustees who said they have a moral duty to act.

The school board had few options it could pursue in the case, said Trustee Jeff Cuneo.

But, he said, “I think there are a lot of times as a school board where you can be crystal clear morally. I think this is one of those times.”