Connecticut’s Gun Clubs and Shooting Ranges in Jeopardy of being SHUT DOWN!

Posted: February 1, 2009 in Gun Legislation

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has released a notice concerning “An Act Concerning Firing Ranges”. The bill is a “concept” and has not yet been assigned a bill number.  The proposal would do two things: A. Require every club to not exceed 60-decibels at the boundary line of the club’s property and B. Provide carte blanche power to the State Police to shut down ANY range or club, public or private for any reason they deem “unsafe.

The Attorney General is ignoring the RANGE PROTECTION law signed in 1998, that allows legitimitate clubs and firing ranges operating under their established parameters to be protected from nussiance law suits. 60-decibels is barely above background noise.

A .22 rimfire cartridge, used at Boy Scout shooting programs can easily generate TWICE that level of sound.

Therefore, virtually every outdoor gun club in the state can be closed on that basis alone. Then we have the ominous “catch all” clause that allows the State Police to shut down any range for any reason they deem “unsafe.” There is no definition, or tangible set of conditions of what constitutes “unsafe” in this proposal.

The NRA, Coalition of Conn. Sportsmen and Connecticut Shooters & Sportsmen are urging you to contact Gov. Jodi Rell’s office directly to oppose this draconian measure.

Please CALL before sending email. Calling is more effective initially.
To contact Governor Jodi Rell call or email her at:
Greater Hartford Area: 860-566-4840
Toll Free: 800-406-1527
governor.rell@ct.gov

Last but not least, the proposal is hypocritical and anti-Second Amendment in that an exemption is provided for ranges conducting police training exclusively. What makes noise from police training firing any less annoying than noise from citizens’ firing?

The State Police range at Avon Mountain is adjacent to the Metacon Gun Club. Bullets from each end up the SAME hillside The New Haven Police Academy shooting range near Dixwell Ave in New Haven regularly produces the sounds of rapid fire shooting that echo across to the southeastern part of the Southern Connecticut State University campus. The military range on North High Street in East Haven rumbles with thunderous, fully automatic machine gun fire with hundreds of National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers every year and can be easily heard on Main Street by the East Haven Town Hall. The Waterbury Police Range on Rte 262 is positioned directly on a highly traveled public road. The Waterbury DMV office is located next door.

I would like Attorney General Blumenthal to tell me WHY its noise is less annoying than the noise from the much smaller, Elm City Gun club, adjacent to the State Military range, with its occasional trapshooting, pistol and perhaps 5 to 10 shooters under a well constructed firing area with regular rifles shooting into a very safe, area with an impact area at least 100-feet high.

I would like Attorney General Blumenthal to tell me WHY military 5.56mm and 7.62mm machine gun rounds peppering the hill a few hundred yards from where children hike and fish is somehow less dangerous than the more controlled, typically slower rates of fire coming from a private gun club on any given Saturday morning? Why should the military and police be allowed to shoot and civilians not?

It is obvious that the Attorney General, and the local anti gun groups are deliberately trying to eliminate local firing ranges from Connecticut and deprive Connecticut’s Shooters and Sportsmen their Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

It is up to all of US to stop it from happening. The NRA, Coalition of Conn. Sportsmen and Connecticut Shooters & Sportsmen are urging you to contact Gov. Jodi Rell’s office directly to oppose this draconian measure.

Please CALL before sending email. Calling is more effective initially.
To contact Governor Jodi Rell call or email her at:
Greater Hartford Area: 860-566-4840
Toll Free: 800-406-1527
governor.rell@ct.gov

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