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ACT NO. 173


Municipal government; conservation; sport shooting ranges

This act establishes a rebuttable presumption that a sport shooting range is not a nuisance if the range was established prior to the acquisition of the property owned by a person bringing a nuisance claim, and the frequency of shooting or other alleged nuisance activity at the range has not significantly increased since acquisition of the property owned by the person bringing the nuisance claim. Under the act, only an owner of property abutting a sport shooting range could bring a nuisance action against the range. Upon request of an owner of property abutting a sport shooting range, the range shall attempt at least once to resolve any issue of contention through mediation. The act also provides that a municipal ordinance regulating or prohibiting the use or discharge of firearms shall be consistent with existing state statute regarding the regulation of hunting and shall not prohibit, reduce, or limit discharge at any existing sport shooting range. In addition, the act requires sport shooting ranges to notify abutting property owners that request notice prior to use of a sport shooting range after dark for law enforcement training.

Effective Date: May 22, 2006.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont