Guy buys home next to gun club, files suit to shut the club down. Bad precedent risk.

Guy buys home next to gun club, files suit to shut the club down. Bad precedent risk.

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    Guy buys home next to gun club, files suit to shut the club down. Bad precedent risk.

    The Lewistown pistol club in PA is currently facing a threat from a neighbor who bought a home next to the club, then turned around to try and get the range shut down. This information came to me from a bullseye mailing list, but I thought it was important for the gun community at large to hear it.

    If he's successful, it'll set a precedent that state laws prohibiting discharging firearms near homes apply even when people build homes near safely operated gun ranges. In the meantime, it's costing this club a huge amount of money. As a result of this attack, they had to cancel shooting sport competitions, and have lost a contract to let law enforcement train at the range.

    If you don't want to live next to a gun club, buy a house somewhere else. There are plenty of people who'd love to life next to one. More information on their web site at http://lewistownpistolclub.com/


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    Sounds like a rabid anti that wanted the range shut down all along, & buying the near-by house to justifying filing suit was no more than a means to that end.

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    I see a counter-suit in the making. Loss of income, mental anguish, yadda-yadda. I don't think the guy can win but...
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    Unfortunately, this seems to be part of a trend. There's a range down near Melbourne here in FL (Malabar gun club, I think). The range/gun club has been there for a long time, but within the past decade people have been building houses and other stuff around there. Not right next to the range, mind you, but closer and closer to it. And now there's a controversy because there's a school sort of close by, but not really. Are you kidding me?! The gun club was there WAY before you were ever there!

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    It's the same crap they use against race tracks. build a 1/4-1/2million dollar sub division across the street and bring the entrance in from the other road and nobody ever asks how loud a 410 sprint is before they buy the house. Sometimes you just want to slap stupid people. Personally if the club predates the house there should be no issue.

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    This happens all the time in every aspect of "country living".
    Folks build a business, a dog kennel, a pig farm, a shooting range, then find Joe City building next to them in a few years and the new 'burb is squawking about something. And because the township is trying to grow, it costs the business money to stay afloat until it drives them under. Good luck with that.

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    A bunch of people bought houses right off the end of an Air Force runway here, with B2 bombers and F16's. Then they filed a lawsuit against the noise of the airplanes landing and taking off. There was a "fobidden flight zone" off the end of the runway due to it for a long time. Initially they won the lawsuit, which meant they would have to MOVE the runway.... you heard me, MOVE the runway. It was appealed, and eventually.... the appellate and Supreme Courts ruled the runway was there first, and if they were dumb enough to buy the house and then complain about noise, then they were dumb and it was their problem.

    I think the 'boy's' always gave it a little extra .... when coming over those houses after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gilliland87 View Post
    It's the same crap they use against race tracks. build a 1/4-1/2million dollar sub division across the street and bring the entrance in from the other road and nobody ever asks how loud a 410 sprint is before they buy the house. Sometimes you just want to slap stupid people. Personally if the club predates the house there should be no issue.
    The best race track in Arkansas fell victim to this exact same "scheme" a few years back. A few local businesses went out of business after losing their saturday night income from the racing crowd...but, the idiots that bought houses next to a race track, and then complained about noise are happy. These situations are very discouraging. We just have to keep making our voices heard, whether or not we notice an immediate effect, and hope for the best throughout the process.

    I wish the range in this case the best of luck in dealing with the idiots of the country.

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    Thanks God Ohio has an immunity for ranges so long as they adhere to NRA range guidelines.

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    Ill buy the house for a buck...easy commute to the range. LOL
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    We had a similar case here in Missouri. Ultimately the range won and the legislature enacted new legislation to prevent such law suits in the future.
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    There was a similar case in Maryland a while back. The judge made quick work of it. Range was built in the 1940's. Houses built in the 1980's. They were there first. If you hate the noise that much, move!
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    This one in Charlotte has been going on for a long time. IIRC, it's close to getting the the NC Supreme Court. The guy is a Dr. and the range is on his property. From what I gather, he intends to follow this through. FWIW, the subdivision they built beside him is huge, with homes in the 700k to 3 million range. DOH!!!

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