Waiver request for private shooting range denied

Waiver request for private shooting range denied

John Linnehan included a photo of the shooting range he built in his request for a variance from the city’s firearm ordinance. John Linnehan Photo ELLSWORTH — A request by a resident for a variance to allow target practice on a private shooting range was denied by city councilors on Aug. 16. The vote was 5-2, with councilors Michelle Kaplan and Gene Lyons in the minority. The Discharge of Firearms Ordinance was put on the city ordinance books in 1969 and makes it “unlawful to shoot or discharge any firearm within a distance of 300 yards of any dwelling house within the urban limits of the city of Ellsworth except by owner or resident or persons authorized by owner or resident.” So while property owners may shoot on their own property, it must be done 300 yards from all neighbors. John Linnehan, who built a shooting range on his Shore Road property, gave several reasons why he thought councilors should grant a variance. Since the property was used for target practice and was purchased prior to 1969, Linnehan thought a variance could be “grandfathered,” based on when the ordinance was approved. City Manager Glenn Moshier said that after checking with the city attorney, once an ordinance is passed, “it’s the letter of the law from that day forward,” so amending the ordinance would be the only way forward. “Whether that’s warranted under these particular circumstances or because the ordinance was written in 1969, I don’t know, but that’s the […]

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