Vermont Firing Range Bans Cops Over City's Gun Plan
Club protests possible ban on semi-automatics
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 17, 2013 8:35 AM CST
A Vermont shooting range is unhappy with Burlington's city council.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Vermont shooting range doesn't like what it's hearing from the Burlington City Council, which recently backed a ban on semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. In response, the firing range has closed its doors to police officers, who have historically trained there, the Burlington Free Press reports. The range's organizers say they can't support the city "with such a prejudice against our club and its members."

"We hope that the council reconsiders its actions and redirects its efforts towards perpetrators of violent crimes and security issues," the statement adds. Says the city council president: "It’s unfortunate that a polarized discussion of this nature has this kind of impact," given that "training facilities are limited in the area." But a ban isn't coming anytime soon, the official notes: The measure won't face voters until March of next year, and the state legislature would have to approve it.

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793tango
Jan 19, 2013 4:49 PM CST
Idiots. Hope the city finds another range soon.
BarbaraR
Jan 19, 2013 5:24 AM CST
The firing range owners are perfectly within their right to say who can and who can not utilize their facilities. I would only hope that when they need officers for whatever reasons, that they do not call upon the brave officers who used to train there. What an unrealistic concept this establishment is practicing. I would stand behind the officers to ensure their safety to the best of my ability. I'm sure the officers will locate another facility who would appreciate their business since I'm sure the shooting range doesn't offer their facilities for free.
Smitty6398
Jan 18, 2013 1:33 AM CST
Just thinking, I don't believe I've ever heard of a mass-murder rampage at a shooting range. Couldn't be from the lack of weaponry available. Or the availabilty of adequate ammunition. Only other possibility I can think of is ___________ .