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Wisconsin: Shooting Range Protection Bill Passes Assembly, Goes to Governor

Thursday, March 20, 2014

On Tuesday, March 18, the Wisconsin Assembly passed Senate Bill 527 by a 65-30 vote.  Since SB 527 passed in the Wisconsin Senate on February 18 by a 19-13 vote, this bill will now be sent to Governor Scott Walker (R) for his signature.

SB 527 expands the provisions of current law concerning zoning conditions related to noise.  This bill provides that a person who owns or operates a sport shooting range is not subject to state or local zoning conditions or rules related to noise and non-conforming use.  SB 527 also protects the range owner or operator from civil liability, ensuring the future of Wisconsin's shooting ranges.

Shooting ranges are critical to competitive and recreational shooters, hunters, law enforcement and individuals who just want to practice for self-defense.  Ranges should be accessible to everyone and SB 527 would ensure that they are protected for generations to come.  The NRA thanks all state lawmakers who voted for SB 527, and WI-FORCE for their dedicated grassroots efforts and support of this important legislation.  Please e-mail Governor Walker and respectfully urge him to sign SB 527 into law.

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