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    Shooting range board blasts proposed new Wisconsin rules

    "The authors … appear to be under the impression that all shooting ranges are the same," the group wrote. "It also appears that some of the authors or proponents have never fired a gun or gone to a range in their lives. Perhaps they are relying on reruns of 'Lethal Weapon' and 'Dirty Harry.'"

    A DNR spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email Monday afternoon seeking comment on the group's concerns. Agency officials have said, however, that they want to impose uniform rules on all the ranges.

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    State ranges only it seems. Start your own range and abandon the state ranges. Then again, the outrage will be limited because most folks are FUDDs and go to the range to hone their deer killing skills a few weeks before hunting season. In my neck of the woods most hunter might go through a box of 20 rifle rounds a year, if that.

    Bad policy it is, to be sure. Good luck fighting the bureaucracy.
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    I have had my own established sport shooting ranges for decades.

    I have been asked why I don't join the Rod and gun.

    No need.

    Wisconsin Statutes > Chapter 895 > Subchapter II > § 895.527


    Wisconsin Statutes 895.527 – Sport shooting range activities; limitations on liability and restrictions on operation


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    (1) In this section, “sport shooting range” means an area designed and operated for the use and discharge of firearms.

    (2) A person who owns or operates a sport shooting range is immune from civil liability related to noise resulting from the operation of the sport shooting range.

    (3) A person who owns or operates a sport shooting range is not subject to an action for nuisance or to state or local zoning conditions related to noise. If a sport shooting range, on the date it was established, was a lawful or legal nonconforming use under any state law or local ordinance related to its use that was in effect on that date, the sport shooting range continues to be subject to the state laws and local ordinances related to its use that were in effect on the date it was established. No court may enjoin or restrain the operation or use of a sport shooting range on the basis of noise or on the basis of noncompliance with a state law or local ordinance related to its operation or use that was enacted after the date that the sport shooting range was established if the sport shooting range, on the date it was established, was a lawful or legal nonconforming operation or use under any state law or local ordinance related to its operation or use that was in effect on that date.

    (4) Any sport shooting range that exists on July 16, 2013, may continue to operate as a sport shooting range at that location notwithstanding any zoning ordinance enacted under s. 59.69, 59.692, 60.61, 60.62, 61.35 or 62.23 (7), if the sport shooting range is a lawful use or a legal nonconforming use under any zoning ordinance enacted under s. 59.69, 59.692, 60.61, 60.62, 61.35 or 62.23 (7) that is in effect on July 16, 2013. The operation of the sport shooting range continues to be a lawful use or legal nonconforming use notwithstanding any expansion of, or enhancement or improvement to, the sport shooting range.

    (5) Any sport shooting range that exists on June 18, 1998, may continue to operate as a sport shooting range at that location notwithstanding all of the following:

    (a) Section 167.30 (1), 941.20 (1) (d) or 948.605 or any rule promulgated under those sections regulating or prohibiting the discharge of firearms.

    (b) Section 66.0409 (3) (b) or any ordinance or resolution.

    (c) Any zoning ordinance that is enacted, or resolution that is adopted, under s. 59.69, 60.61, 60.62, 61.35 or 62.23 (7) that is related to noise.

    (6) A city, village town or county may regulate the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. that an outdoor sport shooting range may operate, except that such a regulation may not apply to a law enforcement officer as defined in s. 165.85 (2) (c), a member of the U.S. armed forces or a private security person as defined in s. 440.26 (1m) (h) who meets all of the requirements under s. 167.31 (4) (a) 4.

    (7) A person who is shooting in the customary or a generally acceptable manner at a sport shooting range between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. is presumed to not be engaging in disorderly conduct merely because of the noise caused by the shooting.

    (8) An owner or operator of a sport shooting range, or an employee, agent, contractor, customer, or insurer of the owner or operator of a sport shooting range, and any user of a sport shooting range is immune from civil liability in any action commenced by the state or its political subdivisions, or by a special purpose district, related to the use, release, placement, deposition, or accumulation of any projectiles on or under the sport shooting range or other contiguous real property over which the owner or operator of a sport shooting range has an easement, leasehold, or other legal right to use.

    (9) 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.

    (10) This section does not impair or diminish the private property rights of owners of property adjoining a sport shooting range.


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    The WI DNR is having a delusion of grandeur experience. They think that they are the legislature. This is the second time they have enacted policy changes that equate to a state law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    A DNR spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email Monday afternoon seeking comment on the group's concerns. Agency officials have said, however, that they want to impose uniform rules on all the ranges.

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/wiscons...374561871.html
    I think the bolded section of the quote says everything anyone needs to know!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Law abider View Post
    The WI DNR is having a delusion of grandeur experience. They think that they are the legislature. This is the second time they have enacted policy changes that equate to a state law.
    Did you actually read the WJS article? The WI DNR owns the 9 shooting ranges that the new regulations would be applied to and not privately owned ranges located in Wisconsin. Nothing has been enacted at this time.

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