Plymouth is one of the few towns in Connecticut that specifically allows shooting clubs and ranges by permit as long as they meet all applicable regulations. These regulations currently include demonstrating that there will be no adverse effect on neighboring properties with respect to traffic, noise, and safety. The regulations also require supervision by qualified personnel, limit the range to sport shooting (ie skeet, trap, target) and limit the range to operation during daylight hours only. The town must issue a permit before they can operate, and the range must meet all other federal, state and local regulations (environmental, zoning, etc).
On Thursday, November 12, 2015 there will be a public hearing at Plymouth Town Hall to consider a petition to change this and outlaw all future outdoor firearm clubs or ranges. You may download a copy of the proposed amendment here: Proposed Amendments To Plymouth P&Z Regulations (pdf)
CCDL feels the current regulations more than adequately address both existing and any future shooting clubs. While there are currently two clubs located in town, there is no guarantee they will operate forever. If they close, not only do Plymouth-area residents lose a nearby place to safely and legally enjoy an American tradition, they lose a place to exercise a Constitutional right.
Also, while the petition is likely a reaction to a proposed private gun club, the petition as written would appear to outlaw outdoor shooting on private residential property as well. If this petition does move forward, this issue must be addressed and clarified.
We encourage all members, especially those who live and pay taxes in Plymouth to attend this public meeting and voice your opposition to this petition.
Both residents and non-residents may speak. You will have a 3 minute time limit, so make your points quickly. Please be polite and respectful, and be aware the media may be present. Limit your comments to how this regulation would effect you or the town.
Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 7:00pm (but we suggest getting there around 6:00-6:30)
Location: Town Hall – 80 Main St, Terryville, CT in the Community Room on the ground level. There is limited parking in the front of town hall but there is ample parking around back.
What else you can do:
•Write a letter to:
Plymouth Mayor David Merchant; 80 Main St, Terryville, CT 06786
Or submit by online form
Plymouth Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman Carl Johnson; 80 Main St,
Terryville, CT 06786
Or submit by online form
•Email a “letter to editor” to your local paper saying how you oppose this and the negative effect this will have on the town.
Waterbury Republican-American: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bristol Press: email@example.com
(Important: Include your full name, address and telephone number for verification purposes.)
If you have any questions contact CCDL Legislative Coordinator; Ray Bevis at firstname.lastname@example.org