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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - Decatur County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) denies shooting range petition

Brent Brown of the Greensburg Daily News had a very detailed story Jan. 6th on a BZA denial that is likely to be appealed. Some quotes:

GREENSBURG — Citing safety concerns, the Decatur County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) shot down a petition by the owners of a local rifle manufacturing company that would have allowed the proprietors to operate a shooting range for the purpose of testing precision firearms on the property.

There were few, if any, empty seats in the Decatur County Courthouse meeting room when the petition by Bell Precision Rifles was heard Wednesday night, and the issue was debated for nearly two hours by the board members, the petitioners, their attorney, friends and clients of the owners, and several neighbors living in the vicinity of the range.

In the end, board president Albert Armand, vice president Jay Hatton, and members Roger Krzyanowski, Steven Dudley and Joyce Brindley all voted against the proposal, largely on the grounds of worries concerning public safety and the owners’ alleged non-compliance with certain county ordinances.

The board’s decision prohibits the owners – and their on-site customers – from firing weapons on the range, a practice neighbors said has been taking place on the property for years, outside the bounds of a previously granted zoning petition. * * *

Guy Relford, the attorney for the Bells and an NRA certified firearms expert and trainer, said the location of the range and the precision of the weapons created and /or modified by Joseph Bell would make the 600-yard range safer than any other location in which shooting occurs in Decatur County, such as hunting areas or other rural private property.

Relford explained that the weapons are fired primarily from the prone position, with the shooter taking aim at earthen berms specifically constructed to absorb the impact of bullets. The downward angle of the shots, and the pinpoint accuracy of the weapons used, would ensure the range is as safe as possible, the attorney reasoned.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 10, 2017 09:03 AM
Posted to Indiana Government