Controversial Jackson County gun range to stay open… for now

JACKSON CO., Mich (WLNS) – A controversial gun range in Jackson County’s Leoni Township will stay open.

That’s the decision today of a judge who denied an injunction sought by opponents of the “Kickin’ Brass Gun Range”.

They had claimed there is incessant noise coming from the gun range.

Leoni Township says the range doesn’t hold the correct permits to operate.

Documents show that in April of 2015, Joe Trolz, the owner of the gun range, requested to re-zone his property from “suburban residential” to “agricultural.”

This means, the proposed use for the property is for farming.

This type of zoning does not allow a person to operate a gun range or other commercial enterprises without the proper zoning or conditional use permit.

Under Michigan law, the state does not have a say in the licensing or regulation in privately owned gun ranges.

As long as Joe Trolz is properly licensed for the guns he’s using, he has a right to shoot, and allow others to shoot on his property.

The judge today said he will allow the range to stay open but there can be no shooting on Sunday mornings.

A trial is scheduled for January.

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