Gun range, 2A group sue town in bid to stay in business after ‘secret’ rezoning
By Chris Eger
New zoning rushed into place by township leaders after a change in management of an area shooting club could mean the end of the line for the 50-year operation. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
A Western Pennsylvania town is the subject of a federal lawsuit over their contentious interaction with an area gun range.
Robinson Township, located in a rural area just west of Pittsburgh, was named as a defendant along with the town’s zoning officer, Mark Dorsey, in a complaint filed by range owner William Drummond last week.
Drummond, a USPSA/IPSC champion shooter, heads the Greater Pittsburgh Gun Club on land that has been run by his family off and on since 1967 as a shooting range. However, he argues that township officials have wanted to close down the operation for decades and took advantage of a change in management to do just that.
According to court documents, the bad blood runs back to 1993 when the township brought a nuisance complaint against the range his uncle owned, then called the Greater Pittsburgh Trap and Skeet Club. A home to as many as 800 members over the year, the club was also open to the public and hosted military and police training as well. However,