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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.
    “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”
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