Vermont Range Protection Law Upheld By State Supreme Court

posted on June 13, 2017

Earlier this month, gun owners in Vermont were handed down a victory when the state Supreme Court upheld Vermont’s range protection statutes. The court reversed the trial court’s ruling in North Country Sportsman’s Club v. Town of Williston and overturned an ordinance prohibiting any “excessive, unnecessary, unreasonably loud noise or disturbance, which disturbs, destroys, or endangers the comfort, health, peace, or safety of others within the immediate vicinity of the noise or disturbance.”

The town of Williston adopted the ordinance in 2004 after demanding that the North Country Sportsman’s Club limit their monthly Saturday shooting competitions to just a handful each year. When the club refused, town officials repeatedly sent police to the range, where they began issuing noise citations. The Sportsman’s Club then filed suit and, in 2015, the trial court ruled in favor of the town of Williston.

The Vermont Supreme Court's June 2 ruling in favor of the North Country Sportsman's Club overturned the lower court’s ruling. Visit the NRA-ILA site for more on this case.

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