Spruce Grove Gun Club has a very interesting history based on our internal research. If you’re a fan of gun ranges, along with keeping the rights of gun clubs to stay open, then you’ll want to dive into the history yourself because it appears the gun club was unfairly defamed by residential neighbors.
Here’s the full background story:
The Spruce Grove Gun Club was first established in 1973, with the intention of becoming one of the best gun ranges for Edmonton, Alberta (they were based in Canada, of course). At its peak, they had roughly 900 members who could safely shoot and enjoy using their firearms in a wonderful outdoor range.
They offered multiple (three) outdoor pistol ranges, along with many rifle ranges which spanned the following distances:
They also boosted an indoor heated range for those looking to get more controlled practice. Along with three clay shooting ranges and an archery range. Needless to say, they were a first class outdoor range for the residents of Edmonton.
From their Facebook page, they seemed to be very active in the local community. They used to routinely provide critical training to the Edmonton Police and Sheriffs branch. Not only did they provide training to the local police force, but they also hosted a wide variety of youth groups to help educate the young on respecting firearms and knowing the right safety measures from an early age.
These youth programs include:
Police/Army/Air Force/ Sea Cadet
Alberta & Spruce Grove Fish and Game Youth Program
Junior Forest Wardens
Through their charitable donations, they were able to raise well over $10,000 for Valour Place, which supports families of military and law enforcement.
This is where the story of Spruce Grove Gun Club seems to take a wild turn.
The club was originally founded on an empty track of land without any residential houses nearby. In the late 2000’s the started battling multiple complaints of noise and safety concerns when residents (who ironically decided to purchase homes near the facility) decided they were fed up with it all.
Then, in 2013, it appears the mayor had said the club wouldn’t be getting a renewal on their operating license for the area, effectively shutting down the club. Well, it seemed the residents go their way and were able to shut down the club for good.
At this point, it just seemed like a mayor looking to make a name for himself at the expense of the gun club. Here’s where the story takes another wild turn.
There was a multi-million dollar lawsuit in 2014 (ironically the year their license was coming up) which claimed the gun club allowed a bullet to get lodged into a residents home. After years of contention between the 2 parties, the prosecutorial team dropped the case, without any comment.
Just like that - they blindly accused the club of improper handling, on the very year they were up for renewal, and then dropped the case.
It certainly makes you scratch your head and go, “Huh.”