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The fight to denigrate the Second Amendment has been raging in our nation for some time, with a wide array of tactics being trotted out in an effort to squash our inalienable rights.

There will likely never be a day that the military and the police come for your guns.  It would be a suicide mission of the highest order, not to mention the fact that those most qualified for the confiscation are some of the right to bear arms’ most powerful proponents.  It simply won’t ever happen.

So the left, instead, attempts to make gun ownership cumbersome, annoying, and difficult instead.  If they can’t completely rewrite the Constitution, they are going to severely limit your access to your own rights.

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This is where the word “infringed” comes into play…but that is an argument for another day.

Today, instead, we have to relay a story from Pennsylvania where a secret rezoning by a local government has a gun range and their Second Amendment pals reaching out to their lawyers.

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.

Just how ridiculous is this feud?

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, Robinson officials objected to the club’s hours of operation, projectiles leaving the property and the sound of automatic fire. A Court of Common Pleas found that the club was not a nuisance after a four-year legal battle, and cited Second Amendment protections barring the township from regulating the range.

While the original club folded in 2008, a business named Iron City Armory leased the land in 2016 with the township’s blessing to restart the range but the owner soon saw his permit revoked after zoning officials responded to complaints from neighbors and found the location was selling targets and ammunition, which they were not zoned for. The shutdown was short-lived as a judge reinstated Iron City’s permit saying the zoning hearing board committed legal errors.

After attempting to correct the error, another blow was struck to the Second Amendment supporters of the town.

In March, with his application for an operating permit allegedly “slow-rolled” by Dorsey, the supervisors held a special meeting to amend the township’s zoning ordinance to effectively bar the gun club property from continuing operation as a shooting range. The change was adopted on April 9 without Drummond’s knowledge and his long-pending permit application was marked “denied” four days later.

This, folks, is how you undermine American citizens’ rights without them even knowing about it.

A pending lawsuit hopes to settle the case.

 

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