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Scituate Rod and Gun Club Loses Legal Battle

Posted on the 27 April 2012 by Mikeb302000
Scituate Rod and Gun Club Loses Legal Battle reports
A group of Scituate neighbors has won a big victory in a long-running legal battle, after a judge prohibited any rifle or pistol shooting at the Scituate Rod & Gun Club. 
The club has been in litigation with neighbors over the rifle and pistol ranges since early 2009, when stray bullets allegedly were found on nearby propeties.
In a decision issued earlier this month, Superior Court Judge Charles J. Healy permanently barred any person from firing a rifle or pistol on the club premises until certain safety modification can be made.
In addition, damages ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 were awarded to several neighbors.
Archery, skeet shooting, and other activities are still allowed at the club.
‘‘It’s a win; there’s no doubt about that,’’ said Dan Dwyer, an attorney at Murphy & King who is representing the neighbors. ‘‘The lawsuit was about safety, and they got a permanent injunction.’’
Why is it so difficult? Shouldn't this be the first thing that happens after stray bullets leave the area? What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

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