The new operator of the Ventura Shooting Range is holding a grand opening this weekend to attract more business to the outdoor facility in the hills above Ventura.
An open house featuring "live fire" demonstrations by local law enforcement officers will be held at the range between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, organizers said. The range is at 499 Brakey Ave., about one mile behind Ventura City Hall.
Richard Clark, who runs the range formerly operated by the city of Ventura, has promised $80,000 more in renovations on top of the improvements made since he took over in February.
Ventura community services supervisor Geary Ray helped negotiate privatization of the shooting range earlier this year.
"It was either close the facility and not have it available to the public, or figure out another way," he said. "It's working out great. Mr. Clark is expanding the level of service out there."
The city leased the range after its range manager, former Ventura Police Officer Clifton L. Cox, was convicted of grand theft for stealing between $600 and $800 in receipts.