With no warning, the Wake County Sheriff has unilaterally announced that the public will be denied access to the county’s public range. There has been no push back from the County Commission…
You read that right. The Wake County Range (the Firearms Education and Training Center), built for use by Wake County citizens is now being closed to the public, effective January 15, 2020. This comes as a huge surprise as Sheriff Baker, who manages the range through contractors he hires, gave no advanced warning of this decision. There was no public discussion, no prior announcement—not a thing. 

The Sheriff contracts the management of the range, but Wake County owns it—that’s the taxpayers—that’s “the public!” Unfortunately, after the sheriff’s surprise announcement, there seems to have been no serious pushback from the commission. This range is a public range, and was originally chartered for public use, yet the public is to be denied access to this facility. 

A letter from the county commission informs us of the pretense for closing the range to the public, stating: “lack of profitability and a review that fees and funds collected by RSM were not accounted for accurately.” The letter also cites something to do with timely deposits and reconciliations, but points out that these are not of any significance. 

Ultimately, the commission makes it clear that they were not involved in the Sheriff’s decision, and suggested his decision may have been rash. However, the commission has taken no steps, nor made any announcements about what they intend to do about it. That’s not a good sign. 

Below, see what you can do to demand answers. 





EMAIL SHERIFF BAKER AND THE COUNTY COMMISSION MEMBERS: Use the contact information provided below and the copy/paste text provided under ‘Deliver This Message’

    • Use the numbers provided, and deliver the message provided below:                     Hello, my name is _______________ and I’m calling to voice my outrage that the public is to be denied the use of Wake County’s public shooting range. The Sheriff made a rash, unilateral decision which is unacceptable, and I’m terribly disappointed to see that the county commissioners are not pushing back. The public must be allowed access this range, and I demand that this be rectified immediately.  Thank you. 


    • The next meeting is January 6th. Attend that meeting and let the commissioners know what the public thinks about being denied access to their own publicly-owned facility. Watch GRNC alerts and social media posts for more details. 

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Sheriff Gerald M. Baker

Phone: 919-856-6900

Sig Hutchinson


Wake County: 919-856-5575

Matt Calabria


Wake County: 919-856-5576

Jessica Holmes


Wake County: 919-856-5579


Susan Evans


Wake County: 919-856-5574


James West


Wake County: 919-856-5573

Greg Ford, Chairman


Wake County: 919-856-5566


Vickie Adamson,Vice Chair


Wake County: 919-856-5577


The next County Commissioners meeting: 


Monday, January 6th at 5:00 PM in the Wake County Justice Center, 301 S. McDowell St., Raleigh, Room 2700





Suggested Subject: "The Public should be able to use a Publicly funded range"  


Dear Sheriff Baker and Wake County Commissioners :


I am writing to express my outrage over the fact that the public is to be denied the use of Wake County’s public shooting range. Sheriff Baker’s rash decision is unacceptable, and I’m terribly disappointed to see that the county commissioners are not pushing back in any effective way. It is also suspect that the Sheriff decided to take this action during the height of the Christmas season, when most citizens are distracted with holiday activities. 

The citizenry must be allowed access their own facility, which was originally chartered for public use. I’m demanding that this be rectified as soon as possible, and that a full explanation of how this happened in the first place be provided. 

I will be monitoring your actions on this important matter through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina. 





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