Shooting Range Update: Supreme Court To Hear ArgumentsSeptember 28th, 2012
The Michigan Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear a first round of oral argument in the case of Addison Township v. Barnhart , involving a shooting range and the application of Michigan’s law protecting ranges, the Sport Shooting Ranges Act (SSRA).
The case, which was chronicled by MUCC, held that shooting ranges that have “business or commercial purposes” are not allowed protections of the SSRA. MUCC filed an Amicus Curiae (or “Friend of the Court”) brief with the Supreme Court arguing that a ruling like this could have a detrimental effect on shooting ranges throughout the state, and asking the Court to overturn the decision.
As a result of this decision, the court will hear oral arguments sometime this fall and can then take one of a few different actions: denying the appeal, granting the appeal and ordering further briefing and argument by the parties, or issuing a decision based on the current briefs and argument.
While this is just an initial first step, it is a step in the right direction for shooting ranges.
If you have not already done so, click the link and sign the online petition to support sport shooting ranges in Michigan. Feel free to also pass it on to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors who are interested and support the rights of shooting ranges.
MUCC will keep you up to date as this case moves to the Court.