Slate Ridge shooting range goes before Vermont Supreme Court

Slate Ridge shooting range goes before Vermont Supreme Court

PAWLET, Vt. (WCAX) – The owner of a shooting range and training center was in the Vermont Supreme Court Wednesday after refusing to comply with a judge’s order to dismantle the Slate Ridge Shooting Center. The paramilitary training center located in Pawlet has drawn concerns from neighbors about gunfire, noise and rhetoric. We have team coverage with details from the court, plus reaction from neighbors. Justices heard oral arguments from the team of Daniel Banyai and lawyers for the town of Pawlet. At issue is a zoning disagreement and whether Slate Ridge can even be open. The firearms training school has drawn state and national attention following disputes among owner Daniel Banyai, neighbors and the town of Pawlet. Banyai opened the facility in 2017 before he sought permission from the local zoning board to build a school on the site. When he finally did apply for a permit, it was denied. So Banyai changed tactics. In 2018, he went before the development review board, where his permit was approved. Neighbors then took Banyai to state environmental court, arguing Banyai opened his firearms facility without proper zoning approval and without widening his driveway to accommodate for traffic. This spring, that court ruled Banyai had to shut down his firearms training school and pay some $46,000. But while those legal proceedings were happening in the environmental court, Banyai was granted the permit by a zoning administrator. Banyai is now appealing to the high court – saying that the zoning administrator’s permit […]

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