Tennessee: White County Board of Commissioners Chooses to Not Adopt Firing Range Restrictions

Posted on June 21, 2011

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Yesterday, the White County Commission met to discuss and vote on an anti-gun resolution regarding the future of new firing ranges within the county.  Since no one offered a motion to vote on the resolution restricting gun ranges, this proposal is now considered dead.

 

The proposed anti-gun resolution, which was brought forth by Sheriff Oddie J. Shoupe, would have restricted new gun ranges by requiring at least one-mile, by direct line survey, from any residence.  This would mean that the range would have to own or control approximately a one-mile radius containing 3.14 square miles of land, a requirement that is unrealistic and could be viewed as an obvious attempt to ban any future firing ranges within White County

 

This anti-gun resolution could have banned all future ranges - public or private, including those on agricultural lands or recreational ranges often used for archery and paintball.  The one-mile buffer zone would have set a dangerous precedent; it is restrictive and excessive even for existing Tennessee standards as the discharge of firearms while hunting is only limited to 100 yards. 

 

Thank you to all who contacted the Board of Commissioners and asked them to oppose the firing range resolution.  Please continue to check www.NRAILA.org for updates.
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