HB 4580: Protect Michigan Shooting Ranges

Summary:  HB 4580 amends the definition of “sport shooting range” under the Sport Shooting Range Act to specifically include those with “commercial activities.” The SSRA protects existing shooting ranges from nuisance lawsuits and restrictive zoning ordinances due to suburban sprawl.

Analysis:  In a recent case – Addison Twp. v. Barnhartt – the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that a shooting range was not protected under the SSRA because it conducted commercial activities, even though no such exclusion exists in the statute. The COA made this ruling based upon its interpretation of the word “sport,” even though”sport shooting range” was already defined in the statute.

The Michigan Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments on the case, in which Michigan United Conservation Clubs had filed a “friend of the court” brief. If the COA’s ruling was allowed to stand, it could jeopardize protections for Michigan’s 400-plus shooting ranges.

HB 4580 clarifies that commercial activities do not disqualify a shooting range from protection under the act.

Current Status: Introduced on April 17, 2013. Referred to Committee on Local Government.

MUCC action: Filed amicus brief in Michigan Supreme Court case, supports legislation.

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-Jackson)

  • http://www.facebook.com/terence.obrien2 Terence O’Brien

    keep up the good work we are watching and we are proud of your hard work.

  • Hunter Larry

    This type of legislation is definitely needed. Thank you.

  • dwight higgins

    Thank you For your hard work and support for our outdoormen and women of this State . Thaks again

  • Marty Kunz

    Never give up