Bill would protect gun ranges from new noise laws

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state lawmaker wants to exempt shooting ranges from noise-related civil and criminal legal action.

The Kitsap Sun reports that Democratic Rep. Dean Takko of Longview has introduced a measure that would require shooting ranges to conform to noise laws that existed when they were built and exempt them from later laws. The aim is to head off complaints from people building new homes next to a shooting range.

But the bill states local governments would still have control over regulating the location and construction of new shooting ranges.

Takko says he's a shooting enthusiast and has had this idea floating around his head and finally got around to filing a bill.