A shooting range shall not be subject to a civil or criminal prosecution based on claims of noise or noise pollution if the range was in operation prior to enactment of such regulations. READ ALL
LA. REV. STAT. ANN. § 2055.1. Sport shooting range; regulation; noise pollution; nuisance
A. (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a person who operates or uses a sport shooting range in this state shall not be subject to civil liability or criminal prosecution in any matter relating to noise or noise pollution resulting from the operation or use of the range if the range was established, constructed, or operated prior to the implementation of any noise control laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations, or if the range is in compliance with any noise control laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations that applied to the range and its operation at the time of estab-lishment, construction, or initial operation of the range.
(2) Rules or regulations adopted by a state or local department or agency for limiting levels of noise in terms of decibel level which may occur in the outdoor atmosphere shall not apply to a sport shooting range exempted from liability under this Section.
(3) A municipal noise control ordinance may not require or be applied so as to require a sport shooting range to limit or eliminate shooting activities that have occurred on a regular basis at the range prior to the enactment date of the ordinance.
B. (1) Except as provided in this Section, a person may not maintain a nuisance action for noise against a shooting range located in the vicinity of that person's property if the shooting range was established, constructed, or operated as of the date the person acquired the property. If there is a substantial change in use of the range after the person acquires the property, the person may maintain a nuisance action if the action is brought within three years of the date of a substantial change in use.
(2) A person who owns property in the vicinity of a shooting range that was established, constructed, or operated after the person acquired the property may maintain a nuisance action for noise against that shooting range only if the action is brought within five years after establishment of the range or three years after a substantial change in use of the range.
(3) If there has been no shooting activity at a range for a period of two years, resumption of shooting is considered establishment of a new shooting range for purposes of this Section.
C. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, this Section does not prohibit a unit of local government from regulating the location and construction of a sport shooting range after the effective date of this Section.
(2) Nothing in this Section limits the ability of a local unit of government to regulate noise produced as a result of a substantial change in the use of the range.
D. The provisions of R.S. 30:2053(6), (7), (8), and (9) and 2055.1 contained herein shall not alter or otherwise affect lawsuits filed prior to August 15, 1997.HIDE