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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 5:00 am

ST. JOSEPH - A Berrien County Trial Court judge has ruled in favor of Coloma Township in its lawsuit against a Coloma Township gun club over the construction of six pistol bays on its property in 2008.

Judge John Dewane ordered this week that the township is entitled to a judgment against the Coloma Rod and Gun Club because the club violated the township's zoning ordinance.

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  • SafeShooter posted at 8:52 am on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    SafeShooter Posts: 3

    The Sheriff's Department should be allowed to continue using the ranges or, ideally they should be allowed to reopen the state of the art range that they built for almost a million dollars. Berms alone do not make ranges safe, proper range management make ranges safe, the Sheriff's Department practice good range management and conduct the most safe training sessions possible. The club however, under present management does not have a clue about safe range management. There are no qualified range officers to help ensure the safety of the club members and the neighbors, and to enforce the range safety rules. I have observed on several occasions, shooters rotating the muzzles of their loaded and cocked firearms 360 degrees around the facility with members and other shooters present, the berms will not protect anyone or anything beyond 180 degrees of downrange, more so on the rifle range which does not have side berms, and the forward berms are have spaces between them that will easily allow for improperly directed projectiles to get between or over them to neighbors' properties or possible making contact with the neighbors' bodies.I have also obseverved shooters leaving loaded and cocked firearms on the shooting benches pointing downrange while shooters were attending to their targets, also with shooters handling loaded firearms at the shooting line while other shooters are downrange. I have been to many ranges around the country and this is the most unsafe one that I have seen. For this club to become credible, it has to focus more on range safety and conducting safe SHOOTING events and less on breakfasts, dinners and alchohol. The NRA has guidelines for promoting the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude for the safe handling of firearms, this club needs to familiarize themselves with these guidelines and demonstrate their adherance to them before being considered a safe community and family oriented facility.

     
  • Angus posted at 11:03 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2012.

    Angus Posts: 26

    How is this a "major victory?" I am a Coloma twp resident and do not like my local govt. spending my tax money to sue a sports club where most of the members are from their twp. Building the berms made the range safer and quieter. I guess they can go back to shooting in an open field. The underlying issue is certain groups of people with their own agenda who dislike the Sheriff's department and manipulate our twp. officials. For those that don't know those same people sued to close down a new extremely safe and quiet range built by the county, winning on a technicality ("it wasn't enclosed with a roof"). Then they had to attack the Coloma Rod and Gun Club because the deputies started training there. These people on Friday road have no support for law enforcement. Law enforcement HAS to train with weapons, don't know what world they live in. I continue to boycott those people and their businesses.

     

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