Shooting Range Lawsuit Dismissed


A lawsuit that was filed against the owner of a shooting range close to Whitefish has been thrown out of court, according to a recent report. The lawsuit had been filed by a group of neighbours, but the presiding judge in the case ruled in favour of the defendant on all eight counts and dismissed the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by the neighbours about a year ago against Texas businessman Robert Hayes. The lawsuit claimed that the defendant was causing a public nuisance and violating constitutional guarantees because of the extreme noise that the shotgun blasts from the range were causing.

The lawsuit further claimed that the sale of nearby properties had been affected as a result of the noise and presence of the shotgun range, both animals and people have been startled by the noise, and has prevented those living in the area from enjoying the neighbourhood.

However, state laws rule that if shooting takes place within the opening hours of the range then it does not constitute a public nuisance. Laws also promote safety and enjoyment o shooting sports through protection of places such as shooting ranges.


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