council expected to take action Monday on gun ranges
By Josh Perttunen - Freeman Staff
November 30, 2013
Ė The debate whether to reopen the outdoor gun ranges at the
Hartland Sportsmenís Club in Delafield is likely to reach a
resolution at the Common Council meeting Monday night. Regardless
of what decision the council makes, it could trigger the
litigation that has been threatened by both proponents and
have mentioned the possibility of legal action during the course
of debates that have persisted for months, expressing concerns
over safety and whether the location is still suitable for a gun
With the Plan Commissionís unanimous recommendation that the
permit to reopen be denied, the club is also exploring legal
action. Club attorney Jeremy Levinson didnít rule out the
possibility of litigation, feeling that the issue hasnít been
about reviewing safety improvements Ė as the club had been led
to believe Ė butrather
whether a club is wanted at the location in the first place.
The gun club closed its ranges nearly three years after a stray,
spent bullet from the facility struck a pregnant woman dining
outdoors at the Delafield Brewhaus.
In its bid to reopen the ranges, the club has furnished
documentation of safety improvements and the testimony of range
City Planner Roger Duplerís recommendation to deny the permit to
reopen predated the commissionís decision.
In his report, Dupler identified the need to reorient the
direction of fire at the trap range to accommodate a 300-yard shot
drop zone, rather than 209 yards (adhering to the National Rifle
Association standard), as the club had proposed. He posited that
overhead safety baffles to intercept 90-degree ricochets would
also need to be installed at the majority of the ranges.