Posted May 12, 2023 6:01 am by Comments

By Lee Williams

by Lee WilliamsThe small town of Pawlet, Vermont — population 1,386 — has been feuding with Daniel Banyai for years over two shooting ranges he built on the 30-acre property he’s owned since 2013.    Neighbors complained about the noise and said Banyai and his friends are super scary. Town officials said Banyai built structures on his land without applying for any zoning permits.In 2021 Banyai told the Associated Press his property, which he calls Slate Ridge, is a “safe and environmentally friendly place for people to discharge their firearms.”None of that mattered to Pawlet town officials. After their initial zoning efforts failed, they sued Banyai in Vermont’s Environmental Court, which ordered him to remove the unpermitted structures and earthen berms within 135 days. Banyai ignored the ruling, and in February the Environmental Court held Banyai in contempt of court. He has been racking up civil fines at the rate of $200 per day ever since.“Respondent has demonstrated a willfulness, perhaps even an enthusiasm, for disregarding the Town’s Bylaws, this Court’s Orders, and the authority of the Judiciary,” Vermont Environmental Court Judge Thomas Durkin said in his order.Attempts to contact Banyai for this story were unsuccessful.LawfareAfter municipal and environmental laws failed,

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