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    Shooting ranges for family members only

    Under what classification is anyone finding the indoor shooting range for just family? Not a public or commercial or member based range. A family who just wants to establish one in a commercial building they own for just family and friends? Are you still considering a recreation use and applying the zoning as such? I would love to hear what people are doing. In some cases, the shooting range has been around a long time as an accessory use to a farm or ranch. In this case, the range is nowhere near an ag. based use.

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    In Maine that's considered a family room










    I am sorry, I know that was a FAC response but I couldn't help myself!

    Seriously, here, a noise ordinance would apply

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    Quote Originally posted by wsrd View post
    Under what classification is anyone finding the indoor shooting range for just family? Not a public or commercial or member based range. A family who just wants to establish one in a commercial building they own for just family and friends? Are you still considering a recreation use and applying the zoning as such? I would love to hear what people are doing. In some cases, the shooting range has been around a long time as an accessory use to a farm or ranch. In this case, the range is nowhere near an ag. based use.
    Make it a membership only facility ala the Elks, and make memberships open to the public, however on the application make them prove a blood line or something... or conversely use a back yard.
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    DUCK!

    Special Use for a private indoor shooting range and they would need to have all the neighbors on board with a nice set of building plans showing that it meets all safety standards of a commercial range.

    They could just move to rural Arizona, where they can just kick the back screen door open and start firing into the desert....
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    Well, my first post on cyburbia in 10 years, I think, and what a hoot. Thank you all for the totally inappropriate comments and entertainment. I was falling asleep at my desk till I opened up this thread. Such food for thought. I did call the NRA and ask them and I will let you know what they say.

    I know that we need to consider it through a conditional use permit; we just don't have any definition or use category to align this use with. Thanks so much for the start of a great conversation run.

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    Quote Originally posted by wsrd View post
    Well, my first post on cyburbia in 10 years, I think, and what a hoot. Thank you all for the totally inappropriate comments and entertainment. I was falling asleep at my desk till I opened up this thread. Such food for thought. I did call the NRA and ask them and I will let you know what they say.

    I know that we need to consider it through a conditional use permit; we just don't have any definition or use category to align this use with. Thanks so much for the start of a great conversation run.
    Of course this is Colo and there's no use for it - but why aren't they shooting prairie dogs?!

    I don't really see how it could be a problem, unless they are in city limits, then you'd better have an open house and a charrette and sketch plans...6-inch walls minimum and fill it with batts and maybe some sheathing insulation to the interior? I bet the NRA has full plans and lists of soundproofing material.

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    Well.....

    Glad you enjoy our comments wsrd

    I've never heard of an indoor shooting range category for a "family" Just lump it under the private shooting range category and since I'm assuming you don't have that in your local regulations, add it.
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