Judge dismisses Second Amendment suit against Howell Twp. over proposed gun range

Judge dismisses Second Amendment suit against Howell Twp. over proposed gun range

A federal judge ruled Howell Township did not violate gun owners’ constitutional rights when township planners denied a request to amend a local ordinance that could have allowed a new outdoor gun range on property in the township. Oakland Tactical Supply and five gun owners filed a federal lawsuit against the township in November 2018. In 2017, Oakland Tactical Supply owner Mike Paige filed an application to amend the township’s zoning ordinance to allow a 1,000-yard outdoor shooting range and other amenities on about 350 acres on Fleming Road. It would have been called Premier Precision Park. The land, an abandoned gravel pit, is currently zoned for agricultural and residential uses. Paige planned to build an outdoor range, conference center, restaurant, trout fishery and swimming beach on the land, which he is leasing. Connecticut Second Amendment attorney Martha Dean, who is representing Paige and five others in the suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, argued the zoning ordinance creates an effective ban on outdoor shooting ranges and violates the Second Amendment. Dean said Tuesday in an email to the Livingston Daily Press & Argus that Oakland Tactical Supply and its attorneys are considering filing an appeal. "Oakland and the individual plaintiffs are extremely disappointed with the U.S. District Court’s decision, and they are assessing their legal options to vindicate their Second Amendment rights through possible next steps in this federal lawsuit. An appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals (Sixth Circuit) is one […]

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