(Received: 06/17/2015, Posted: 06/17/2015)
ISRA STATEMENT ON PROPOSED CLOSURE OF SPARTA WORLD SHOOTING COMPLEX
As many of you have heard by now, budget cuts proposed by the Rauner administration include the elimination of the World Shooting Complex located in Sparta, Illinois. Among other things, the World Shooting Complex is the home of the Amateur Trapshooting Association's (ATA) Grand American trapshooting championship. For almost a decade, the Grand American has poured better than $15 million annually into the Sparta-area economy.
The ISRA along with other organizations worked hard to get the World Shooting Complex constructed and even harder convincing the ATA that Sparta was the place to bring the Grand American. Certainly, the closing of Sparta complex would be a serious blow to the shooting sports and to the economy of Southern Illinois.
Of course, there are some people who are salivating over the prospect of Sparta "going away." The gun-grabbing contingent of Chicago and suburban legislators are busily pushing for the closing of Sparta so that their patronage-laden follies will be spared any cuts.
September 1, 2015 has been designated as the day that the World Shooting Complex will close. Between now and then, the ISRA will keep you informed as to the status of the complex and what you can do to preserve and protect this valuable asset to the shooting sports.