The tab for taxpayers for the San Diego Police Department’s gun range continues to grow seven months after the site was shut down over lead exposure concerns. An NBC 7 Investigates analysis of the spending puts the total at more than $12 million, and the tab is still running.
In 2019, the city embarked on a multi-million-dollar renovation of the outdoor range, spending $11.6 million so far. During that renovation, city officials opted not to install a $184,000 dust collection unit as part of a new mechanical bullet trap. That dust collection device uses negative pressure to pull dust and toxins toward the back of the trap where it enters a filtering system.