Greater Pittsburgh Gun Club Gets Preliminary Injunction Against Enforcement of Zoning Ordinance

From Drummond v. Robinson Township , decided yesterday by Judge Marilyn Horan (W.D. Pa.), following up on the Third Circuit’s earlier decision in this case: Findings of Fact [1.] The subject property …, known largely as the “Greater Pittsburgh Gun Club” (GPGC), operated as a commercial gun club, with certain gaps in operation, from the mid-1960’s until January 2018. The Property consists of approximately 265 acres situated in Robinson Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. [2.] Historically, GPGC operated as a commercial gun club and shooting range. It consisted of a clubhouse and restaurant, as well as the living quarters of its manager and the manager’s family, four trap ranges, three skeet ranges, a 26-yard pistol range, a 100-yard rifle-sighting range, and a 400-yard rifle range. It sold memberships, range time, firearms, ammunition, targets, food and beverage, and provided firearm training and safety courses to the public. The GPGC had as many as 800 members at any one time but did not require a membership to shoot on its property. Patrons who did not own their firearms, or who wished to try out different firearms, could rent firearms at the range. In addition to members and civilian patrons, police and military personnel used the range for training. At its range, GPGC allowed the use of pistols, shotguns, and center-fire rifles up to .50 caliber. [3.] On December 17, 2017, William Drummond entered into a lease with his uncle, Joseph Donald Freund, Jr., for the 265-acre parcel located at 920 King Road […]

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