Skip to comments.Suit over war vet's Kaufman County gun range sets up test of Texas law
Posted on 03/25/2013 1:28:35 PM PDT by mylife
Now, the case promises to be the first test of a state law designed to prevent nuisance suits against outdoor gun ranges which often draw complaints from neighbors concerned about noise and safety. With strong backing from the National Rifle Association, the measure, which began as Senate Bill 766, was overwhelmingly approved by the 2011 Texas Legislature.
The law does not limit lawsuits against a gun range for personal injury or death, property damage or breach of contract. Morgan insists that he and his associates operated the range safely, saying no one has ever been harmed there.
Unnecessary fears are big in this case. he said.
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Could come in handy one of these days.
Build a few berms and be done with it.
That is a long *** way.
The 2011 Texas law on ranges was probably what we call a gun range protection law. We have it up here in WI as well. It just says a legal and established range can’t be shut down just because neighbors (often later buyers of near by lots) can’t get the range shut down due to noise or just because the neighbors don’t like shooting. The law does not affect stray bullet claims or unsafe acts on or from the range.
This Texas range is on hold due to the lawsuit and can’t even put in safety improvements such as berms now. Berms would erase the neighbor’s fears if well placed as 1000 yard shooting is done from a fixed point and all bullets go straight to the target and backstop. Berms or walls at the start would funnel the lane down to the target and side berms at the back stop would keep ricochets from getting out. The law suit is not about safety, but anti guns.
Recognize that place? Looks familar.
The injunction is ridiculous.
Morgan should be allowed to put in the berms and proceed.
He should have built the berms before this case came forward.
Did they ever find out who shot the DA out there?
Not at this time. The investigators were looking into a possible link between the murder of ADA Mark Hasse and the shooter that murdered the Colorado Department of Corrections chief. I have heard nothing on local news as to why they were looking in that direction. This in and of itself is not unusual. Investigators would keep tight lipped about any good leads. What IS unusual is there are VERY few leads in the slaying of Mark Hasse, even with a reward exceeding $100K. I fear this murder may go unsolved for a very long time.
You talk about the need for berms, but then say concerns about his opening of a range without basic safety features isn’t about safety.
Try reading and comprehending your own post.
The law suit began early in the range’s history, before the owner had the berms up. The injunction froze progress and now nothing is happening until a hearing and argument is done. The lawsuit is to try to keep the range shut down. If the court follows the idea of a range protection law, the owner should be allowed to put in the sort of berms and side stops to ensure shoots go down and in the backstop, thus over coming any safety issue. With safety off the table, simple sound and nuisance complaints are trumped by the range law Texas and other states have.
It is speculated that it is an Aryan Nation ordered hit. I drive by the square daily, don’t know what I would have done had I been there. Sheesh.
Breaking news from WFAA: Kaufman County DA Mike McClellan and his wife were found shot to death in their Forney, Texas home . No other news has been released.