[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Griswold 3-27-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All gun ranges are hereby prohibited within the territorial boundaries of the Town of Griswold, Connecticut unless exempt pursuant to § 158-2 of this chapter.
The following gun ranges shall be exempt am the prohibition set forth in § 158-1 of this chapter:
Any gun range, indoor or outdoor, legally established and in existence within the territorial limits of the Town prior to the effective date of this chapter; and/or
Any gun range which is completely indoors, regardless of whether established before, on or after the effective date of this chapter, within any industrial or commercial zoning district of the Town if otherwise legally established and authorized within such zoning district(s).
Notwithstanding the exemptions set forth in § 158-2 of this chapter, nothing in this chapter shall in any way limit or modify ordinances and/or regulations (including but not limited to zoning regulations) previously adopted or to be adopted by, and/or the authority or ability of, the Town and/or any of its boards, commissions, agencies, officials, officers or employees from, regulating gun ranges exempt from this chapter within the Town including but not limited to regulation of the operation, location or expansion thereof and/or noise emitted therefrom.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- GUN RANGE
- An area, indoors or outdoors, owned, designated, designed, utilized, operated or held out by any person for the use or discharge of any silhouettes, skeet, trap, black powder, rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, machine gun or any other firearm (collectively "firearm") for the purpose of target, competitive shooting, practice, instruction or training in the use or testing of a firearm by law enforcement or for any other law enforcement, professional or commercial training, practice or instruction purposes; provided, however, the term "gun range" shall not include incidental and/or recreational target practice with a firearm, if otherwise authorized by applicable law, on private residential property unrelated to law enforcement, professional or commercial training, practice or instruction purposes.
- EFFECTIVE DATE
- Shall mean 15 days after publication of this enacted ordinance in a newspaper having a circulation in the Town.
- An individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association, legal entity, club, government unit, including but not limited to the State of Connecticut and/or any department, agency or political subdivision thereof and/or any law enforcement department or agency.
Any violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 per violation, and each day's failure to comply with the provisions hereof shall constitute a separate and distinct violation. The remedies set forth in this chapter shall be cumulative of and not exclusive of any other remedies available under any applicable federal, state or local law. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any provision or fail to comply with any of the requirements of this chapter. If a person has violated or continues to violate the provisions of this chapter, the Town shall be entitled to preliminary and permanent injunctive relief and the recovery of its attorneys' fees and costs.
Nothing in this chapter is intended to preempt or supersede the provisions of C.G.S. § 22a-74a, as amended, to the extent applicable.