Firearm ranges defined--not to be deemed a nuisance, when--immunity from criminal liability for noise of normal use--requirement.
537.294. 1. As used in this section, the term "firearm range" means any rifle, pistol, silhouette, skeet, trap, blackpowder or other similar range in this state used for discharging firearms in a sporting event or for practice or instruction in the use of a firearm, or for the testing of a firearm.
2. All owners of firearm ranges in existence on August 13, 1988, shall be immune from any criminal liability arising out of or as a consequence of noise or sound emission resulting from the normal use of any such firearm range. Owners of such firearm ranges shall not be subject to any action for public or private nuisance or trespass and no court in this state shall enjoin the use or operation of such firearm ranges on the basis of noise or sound emission resulting from the normal use of any such firearm range. The term "normal use" of a firearm range, as used in this subsection, means the average level of use of the firearm range during the twelve months preceding August 13, 1988.
3. All owners of firearms ranges placed in operation after August 13, 1988, shall be immune from any criminal liability and shall not be subject to any action for public or private nuisance or trespass arising out of or as a consequence of noise or sound emission resulting from the normal use of any such firearm range, if such firearm range conforms to any one of the following requirements:
(1) Any area from which any firearm may be properly discharged is at least one thousand yards from any occupied permanent dwelling on adjacent property;
(2) Any area from which any rifle or pistol may be properly discharged is enclosed by a permanent building or structure that absorbs or contains the sound energy escaping from the muzzle of firearms in use; or
(3) If the firearm range is situated on land otherwise subject to land use zoning, the firearm range is in compliance with the requirements of the zoning authority regarding the sound deflection or absorbent baffles, barriers, or other sound emission control requirements.
(L. 1988 S.B. 434 & 435 § 5)
*Word "or" appears in original rolls.