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Lawmakers consider Wash. shooting range protection

Tjay Frampton swings on a target at the Spokane Gun Club skeet range last Sunday while his dad, Gary, operates the thrower. “The trapshooters are all busy down at the other end of the club,” said their shooting partner, Terry Britton. “We’re enjoying the peace and quiet at our end.” (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Tjay Frampton swings on a target at the Spokane Gun Club skeet range last Sunday while his dad, Gary, operates the thrower. “The trapshooters are all busy down at the other end of the club,” said their shooting partner, Terry Britton. “We’re enjoying the peace and quiet at our end.” (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

SHOOTING -- A bill to protect shooting ranges from civil liability and noise pollution lawsuits, House Bill 1508, has been introduced in the Washington Legislature by state Representatives Dean Takko (D-19), Tim Probst (D-17), and Kevin Van De Wege (D-24).

"Shooting ranges are critical to competitive and recreational shooters, hunters, law enforcement, and for individuals who just want to practice for self-defense," an NRA alert reminds us. "Shooting ranges should be both accessible and affordable for everyone. Washington is one of only two states that does not have some form of a range protection law. There are currently several shooting ranges in Washington that are facing legal battles and burdensome regulations, which if not addressed, could result in their closure."

According to the bill, rules that regulate noise in the "outdoor atmosphere do not apply to a sport shooting range."




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