City Trying to Zone 50-Yr-Old Gun Range Out of Existence

Ever since Barack Obama moved into the White House, Democrats have gotten bolder about trying to eliminate the Second Amendment rights of American citizens.

Every time there is a mass or school shooting, they clamor around calling for more gun control laws, which have already been proven to be ineffective in preventing the violence they claim to be trying to stop.

Passing new gun control laws and ordinances are one thing, but how does a city get rid of existing gun stores and gun ranges?

In Seattle, they tried to tax them out of the city.

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In Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, they are turning to zoning and legal details in order to force the closure of a gun range that has existed since 1967, without any zoning issues.

(Ammoland Shooting Sports News) – Welcome back to The Legal Brief, the show where we CRUSH the various legal myths and misinformation surrounding various areas of the gun world. I’m your host Adam Kraut and today we’re talking about a Pennsylvania Township’s attack on a gun range that’s been there for over 50 years.

While most of the cases we discuss involve a law being passed to prohibit the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms, I think this may be the first time we discussed it from a zoning context. Local governments are typically in charge of dictating the zoning of particular area of land within its borders. In this case, we are talking about a gun range that has been operating for the better part of a century and how the township is trying to put a stop to it.

Our plaintiffs in this case, William Drummond, his LLC and the Second Amendment Foundation are suing Robinson Township, which is just west of Pittsburgh, and its zoning officer, alleging that the township was violating Drummond’s Second and Fourteenth Amendment Rights.

A quick backstory on the property is in order. Drummond’s grandfather began to operate a range on the property in 1967. According to the complaint it “consisted of a clubhouse and restaurant, as well as the living quarters of its manager and the manager’s family, four trap ranges, three skeet ranges, a 25-yard pistol range, a 100-yard rifle sighting range, and a 400-yard rifle range.” …

A number of cities and counties across American have been actively changing their zoning ordinances to make it more restrictive for anyone open up any new gun stores or gun ranges within their jurisdiction.

Just as some colleges establish a tiny free speech zone in an obscure location on campus, some local zoning boards have also placed such tight restrictions on gun stores and gun ranges that make it nearly impossible for them to apply for a permit, let alone operate a business.

The problem with cases like the one in Robinson Township is that Obama managed to place over 300 federal judges throughout the US, many of which appear to rule more based upon their libera anti-America political agendas instead of ruling based upon the Constitution and law.



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R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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