Oct 16, 2009 7:38 PM by Greg Boyce
Rampart Shooting Range in the Pike National Forest will remain closed at least through the winter. It was closed last July after a man shot and killed a friend while they were unloading guns at the range northwest of Colorado Springs.
A report released this week by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office indicated the shooting was not a result of poor design at the range.
The National Forest Service has had a plan in place since 2007 to make improvements on the range, which is the only non-commercial shooting range on Forest Service land on the Colorado Front Range. The plan was written by the National Rifle Association.
Planned improvements include clean up, new signs and fencing to keep lead out of nearby Manitou Creek. The report also suggested a full-time manager for the range. That may be accomplished through a partnership with a non-profit recreational group, but it will take some time.
According to John Peterson, Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Pike National Forest, that won't happen until next year.