On Tuesday, February 23, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hold a public hearing for Legislative Document 1500, legislation which would protect and promote access to shooting ranges. The committee hearing will be held in State House Room 438 at 3:00pm. If you are available, please consider attending this hearing to voice your support for LD 1500. Also, please contact the members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary and politely urge them to SUPPORT LD 1500. Click the “Take Action” button below to contact the members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary!
LD 1500, sponsored by Representative Patrick Corey (R-Windham), seeks to protect “sport shooting ranges” from legal actions which aim to restrict or prohibit range uses based on noise, nuisance and similar laws that were passed or took effect after the range came into existence. Under LD 1500, these later-enacted laws could not be used to prohibit a sport shooting range from restoring or repairing existing facilities or expanding its events and activities, so long as these are consistent with general range operation practices. This bill would not, however, immunize a range from actions claiming negligent or reckless operation or use of a range.
In the past few years, people have filed lawsuits against shooting ranges for a variety of reasons including noise, nuisance, and simply being in opposition to the existence of the shooting range. If a range is in full compliance with the law, it should not be subjected to unreasonable court fees, hiatus or closure of operation.
Once again, please consider attending the hearing and contacting the members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary in SUPPORT of Legislative Document 1500. Also, please forward this email to friends, family and fellow Second Amendment supporters in Maine and encourage them to do the same.