I wish I knew this was a bill so I could have told me reps to vote against this. This system is nothing more than a money drain and doesn't prevent crime. Maybe hire more police officers to patrol those areas instead so people actually call in gun fire would be a better use of money? People don't call these shots in because the police don't show up!
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson (1776)
If you go into a store, with a gun, and rob it, you have forfeited your right to not get shot - Joe Deters, Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Prosecutor
I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians. - George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)
Walker is better than the alternative. But he does seem to be partial to the police union . . .
When rights are outlawed only outlaws will have rights.
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. - Hanlon's Razor
No American citizen should be willing to accept a government that uses its power against its own people. - Catherine Engelbrecht
heard he signed a great range protection bill also
SB527, the Wisconsin range protection legislation, passed the legislature with wide margins, 19 - 13 in the Senate and 65-35 in the House. It was signed into law by Governor Walker on 9 April, 2014.
The law builds on current law which exempts sport shooting ranges from zoning ordinances related to noise and grandfathers in ranges that legally existed prior to July 16th, 2013.
This bill extends immunity from lawsuit to the owners and operators of the shooting ranges, and exempts shooting ranges from state or local zoning conditions or rules related to noise or to nonconforming use, including zoning laws related to shorelands or navigable waters, and immunity from civil liability related to the use or accumulation of projectiles on the range or other real property of the owner that is contiguous to the range. Here is an example of one of the protections in the bill:
An owner, operator, officer, or board member of a sport shooting range, and any employee or volunteer acting on behalf of the owner or operator who provided recommendations regarding the operation of a sport shooting range, are immune from any civil action based solely on the negligent action of a user of the sport shooting range.
It is clear that Wisconsin is learning the lessons of other States, where local governments have successfully shut down long established ranges. The Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club in Washington State (est. 1926) has been under attack for years by local opponents who claim that property values will increase if the Club is shut down. The Kitsap struggle continues to this day. The latest tactic is to claim that the Club needed zoning permission to do maintenance on a long established driveway.
There are controversies with ranges in Wisconsin that may be affected. The Hartland Sportsmen's Club is currently suing Delafield, Wisconsin to continue in operation.
Allegations that shooting range land is sought by developers who use zoning power to obtain it run rampant in controversies that I have observed over the years. A coalition between second amendment opponents who wish to stop shooting anywhere, anytime that they can, and those who see a possibility for significant financial gain, is often perceived.
Shooting ranges have been shut down all over the country, making the ability to target practice or to meet legal requirements for carry permits difficult in many locations. No ranges currently exist in Chicago, and only one indoor range is available to the public in New York City.
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