Neighbors complain about firing range noise

There are 20 comments on the Sep 25, 2010, Lowell Sun story titled Neighbors complain about firing range noise. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Neighbors near a local club with firing ranges are concerned about around-the-clock gunfire, and whether those shooting also are drinking.

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leland

Billerica, MA

#1 Sep 25, 2010
I have no problem with the gun club especially if it was there before the houses were put in around it. I do have a problem with firearms and alcohol. If the club had half a brain they would ban any alcohol on the premise.
Larry

Pepperell, MA

#2 Sep 25, 2010
I drove by and saw Santa Claus drinking a beer with a shotgun in his hand ...ho ho ho Kevin
No Kidding

Gloversville, NY

#3 Sep 25, 2010
1. Club was there before you!
2. Any shooting after dark, except on a lighted Trap Range would be inside the building.
3. Massachusetts has a state wide range protection law that negates the noise complaint.
4. SO SUCK IT UP YOU YUPPIE SCUMBAGS!!! THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!!!
5. So now you believe what a Dracut Police Officer has to say? Pick and choose when you decide what they have to say works for you, How Timely!!
Maggie

Peabody, MA

#4 Sep 25, 2010
If they can hear indoor ifring from the surrounding area, then there is not enough soundproofing. Any gun club that allows the consumption of alcohol on it's premises is totally irresponsible and that includes it's so-called private field. All it takes is one alcohol fueled tantrum and there is immediate trouble.
No Kidding

Gloversville, NY

#5 Sep 25, 2010
Maggie wrote:
If they can hear indoor ifring from the surrounding area, then there is not enough soundproofing. Any gun club that allows the consumption of alcohol on it's premises is totally irresponsible and that includes it's so-called private field. All it takes is one alcohol fueled tantrum and there is immediate trouble.
HEY D BAG YOU DON"T GET IT DO YOU!!! THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT! THE STATE RANGE PROTECTION< PROTECTS THE CLUB! YOU ARE JUST LIKE THE REST OF STUPID COMMIES.
Nam

Haverhill, MA

#6 Sep 25, 2010
pig farm, tiki lounge, gun club..... this is getting old.
prove it

United States

#7 Sep 25, 2010
No Kidding wrote:
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HEY D BAG YOU DON"T GET IT DO YOU!!! THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT! THE STATE RANGE PROTECTION< PROTECTS THE CLUB! YOU ARE JUST LIKE THE REST OF STUPID COMMIES.
show the state's "protection" of these clubs.

or are you just shooting blanks
No Kidding

Gloversville, NY

#8 Sep 25, 2010
prove it wrote:
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show the state's "protection" of these clubs.
or are you just shooting blanks
The state at least 10 years ago passed a range protection law This law protects clubs and ranges that were existance prior to the law from noise complaints. You can check the Massachusetts General Laws, that is if your can read.
Wondering

Framingham, MA

#9 Sep 25, 2010
Hey No Kidding, don't you think you could maybe try to work with these people a little? Be a good neighbor? You sound kind of nasty here.
bike man

Shelburne, VT

#10 Sep 25, 2010
No Kidding wrote:
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HEY D BAG YOU DON"T GET IT DO YOU!!! THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT! THE STATE RANGE PROTECTION< PROTECTS THE CLUB! YOU ARE JUST LIKE THE REST OF STUPID COMMIES.
you sound like the x evil game warden from chelmsford hi sgt. it's the rabbit
No Kidding

Gloversville, NY

#11 Sep 25, 2010
Wondering wrote:
Hey No Kidding, don't you think you could maybe try to work with these people a little? Be a good neighbor? You sound kind of nasty here.
You don't work with poeple making demands that they are not entitled to make. They law Protects the gunclub from noise complaints. When are going to see an end to people moving into an area knowing full well that a farm, gun club, race track, or airport was there before them?
No Kidding

Gloversville, NY

#12 Sep 25, 2010
bike man wrote:
<quoted text>you sound like the x evil game warden from chelmsford hi sgt. it's the rabbit
What are you talking about, what is the rabbit?
AND

AOL

#13 Sep 25, 2010
If an (unnamed) Dracut PO saw someone breaking the law and did nothing about it he suold be fired. Unless it was one of his friends then I guess its okay.
If guys and girls choose to have a drink after they are done shooting for the day and there gear is all secure what is the problem?

Those here who are saying its dangerous have NEVER been to a well run gun club and I doubt you even owen a firearm or shoot.
No Kidding

Gloversville, NY

#14 Sep 26, 2010
You don't give up what is yours, to people who use thug and strongarm tactics. I am fed up with that kind of game. It is time for the otherside to tell them all to screw. Every time they get a little "give up" it only empowers others. Time for this to stop!
sidelines

Shelburne, VT

#15 Sep 26, 2010
the laws passed back in Gov. Welds time where the best laws yet to protect Rod and Gun clubs.
local observer

Dracut, MA

#16 Sep 26, 2010
re: Neighbors complain about firing range noise

shoot them
No Kidding

Gloversville, NY

#17 Sep 26, 2010
prove it wrote:
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show the state's "protection" of these clubs.
or are you just shooting blanks
Hey Moron! Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 214 sec. 7B
Read it, if you can. Also some one tell the Selectmen and Town Counsel this case for the town is another loser.
Charlton Heston

Dracut, MA

#18 Sep 26, 2010
No Kidding wrote:
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Hey Moron! Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 214 sec. 7B
Read it, if you can. Also some one tell the Selectmen and Town Counsel this case for the town is another loser.
nice

it sure enuf does....
Marilyn

Gloucester, MA

#19 Sep 26, 2010
MASSACHUSETTS MASS. GEN. LAWS ANN. CH. 214 7B
Chapter 214. Section 7B Noise pollution; shooting ranges; exemption from liability; hours of operation.

Section 7B. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, no owner of a rifle, pistol, silhouette, skeet, trap, blackpowder, or other similar range shall be liable in any civil action or criminal prosecution in any matter relating to noise or noise pollution resulting from use of the range, provided said owner of the range was in compliance with any applicable noise control law, ordinance or by-laws in existence at the time of the construction of such range.

No owner shall be liable in any action for nuisance, and no court shall enjoin the use or operation of said range on the basis of noise or noise pollution, provided said owner was in compliance with any noise control law, ordinance or by-laws in existence at the time of the construction of the range.

The exemptions from liability and the immunities from prosecution provided in this section shall also extend to any owner who, in order to satisfy a requirement of law, regulation or by-law, relocates his range within the same parcel of land or a contiguous parcel of land, owned by him at the time that the commonwealth or its political subdivision commences enforcement of such a requirement or that the owner voluntarily complies with such a requirement. In order to maintain these exemptions from liability and immunities from prosecution, owners who relocate their ranges pursuant to the preceding sentence shall remain in compliance with the applicable noise control laws, ordinances or by-laws in existence at the time of the construction of the original range described in the first paragraph.

No standards in rules adopted by any state, city, or town agency for limiting levels of noise in terms of decibel level which may occur in the outdoor atmosphere shall apply to the ranges exempted from liability under the provisions of this section. Such ranges shall be prohibited from operating between the hours of ten o'clock post meridian and eight o'clock ante meridian unless otherwise allowed by the local governing body.
No Kidding

Gloversville, NY

#20 Sep 26, 2010
Marilyn wrote:
MASSACHUSETTS MASS. GEN. LAWS ANN. CH. 214 7B
Chapter 214. Section 7B Noise pollution; shooting ranges; exemption from liability; hours of operation.
Section 7B. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, no owner of a rifle, pistol, silhouette, skeet, trap, blackpowder, or other similar range shall be liable in any civil action or criminal prosecution in any matter relating to noise or noise pollution resulting from use of the range, provided said owner of the range was in compliance with any applicable noise control law, ordinance or by-laws in existence at the time of the construction of such range.
No owner shall be liable in any action for nuisance, and no court shall enjoin the use or operation of said range on the basis of noise or noise pollution, provided said owner was in compliance with any noise control law, ordinance or by-laws in existence at the time of the construction of the range.
The exemptions from liability and the immunities from prosecution provided in this section shall also extend to any owner who, in order to satisfy a requirement of law, regulation or by-law, relocates his range within the same parcel of land or a contiguous parcel of land, owned by him at the time that the commonwealth or its political subdivision commences enforcement of such a requirement or that the owner voluntarily complies with such a requirement. In order to maintain these exemptions from liability and immunities from prosecution, owners who relocate their ranges pursuant to the preceding sentence shall remain in compliance with the applicable noise control laws, ordinances or by-laws in existence at the time of the construction of the original range described in the first paragraph.
No standards in rules adopted by any state, city, or town agency for limiting levels of noise in terms of decibel level which may occur in the outdoor atmosphere shall apply to the ranges exempted from liability under the provisions of this section. Such ranges shall be prohibited from operating between the hours of ten o'clock post meridian and eight o'clock ante meridian unless otherwise allowed by the local governing body.
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