The biggest owner of the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Baltimore is author Tom Clancy so when the Baltimore Sun found out that an architect has been talking to city officials about the possibilities of installing a gun range in one of the penthouse condos Baltimore's Inner Harbor, well, we know who to look toward. According to the article in the Sun the inquiries were supposed to be kept private but you can't keep an unusual request like this under wraps. The process of getting a gun range installed in one's condo is no easy feat. There are zoning rules, laws and permits as well as the condo association bylaws to contend with. It's also quite expensive, although, if Clancy is the owner this is likely not an issue. The thriller business has made him a very wealthy man.
In the architect's paperwork the client is not identified. If the gun-loving Ritz owner is Clancy he certainly has room for a range, he's got a total of 17,000 square feet of living space taking over the entire penthouse floor of one of the condo complex's six buildings. Over the past couple of years he spent a total of $16.6 million doing so, buying up a total of six units which gives him private elevators, a home theater, multiple kitchens and more. Clancy is a Baltimore native and also has ownership in the altimore Orioles. The Sun article says that according to a NY Times article back in 1999, Clancy had a shooting range at a home he owned overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.