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Old 02-17-2014, 02:44 PM
 
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I live in Crook county and would like to build a private shooting range on my property. But I am having a hard time finding local or state laws concerning building one on private property. Can anyone point me in the right direction on laws concerning the construction of building a range. any help would be helpful, I am just not finding any, and calling up the county offices has been no help either and I cant seem to find any info on the state website either.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:30 PM
 
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Generally speaking, as a guideline ...

if you are in an unincorporated area where the discharge of a firearm is legal and not otherwise prohibited or regulated by law, HOA association, municipal/state/county regs ...

then your private range to discharge your firearm would be legal. As long as there's no issue with a disturbance or endangerment to neighbor's personal safety (and their livestock, if any) and quiet enjoyment of their properties, then you would be within your rights to use your property for personal use.

I'd check with the local Z&P and sheriff's dept's to be sure that they have no objection to such use of your property.

Of course, your complete responsibility for safe use of your land is paramount. In addition to a safe backstop and firing in a safe direction, you'd want to be 100% certain that there is no chance that anybody could access your shooting range land (even as a tresspasser) without your knowledge so that you could stop shooting before endangering anyone or livestock.

Many rural properties in Wyoming are set up for this. Folk set up a controlled area, a safe backstop, and practice their target shooting during reasonable hours. Others have shotgun areas that are safely used.

I'm not a lawyer, so do not consider my opinion here as legal advice. It's not, and the responsibilities to safely use your firearms are all yours to embrace.

Don't overlook the use of public lands in your area for this purpose. For example, you may have ready access to State School Lands in your area which would be suitable, or county park space.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:19 PM
 
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Thanks Sunsprit, but I am not sure if understood your last sentence correctly. building a range on public lands, or a range already built?
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:25 PM
 
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Thanks Sunsprit, but I am not sure if understood your last sentence correctly. building a range on public lands, or a range already built?
Setting up a target practice range for your day use visit is common and legal on many public lands where firearm discharge is not otherwise prohibited due to park regulations. Common sense and prudent firearm safety to locate your site is customary. I would expect that the population density/outdoor activity use of such lands in Crook county would be minimal, so your opportunities there should be extensive.

Of course, at the completion of your day's shooting activity, you tear down your targets/stands and clean up the area just like you would from any other day use activity.



IIRC, the two biggest limitations on such land use are observing firearms carry and use during hunting season ... archery season may have the areas under hunting regulations regarding firearms in the area, and hunting season(s) may have lots of other folk in the area who won't appreciate your target range activity in their hunting grounds.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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If you have had no satisfaction on what you are finding, you should contact the County Commissioners and ask one of them for the info, or a contact point. Or, go to one of their meetings.


Jim W. Hadley, Chairman

Kelly B. Dennis, Vice-Chairman

Jeanne A. Whalen, Member

Email: conniet@crookcounty.wy.gov

Phone: (307) 283-1323
Fax: (307) 283-3038

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 37
Sundance, WY 82729


The Crook County Commissioners meet the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month at 8:00 o'clock A.M., in the Commissioner's Room at the Courthouse in Sundance, WY.


EDIT: After I posted the above, I come across HB 103, might have some needed info in it.

http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2013/Bills/HB0103.pdf

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:50 AM
 
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About 10 years ago I was asked to design a 6-lane, 50-foot indoor shooting range for a local sportsman’s club. I purchased a design guide from the NRA, which came in a 3“, 3-ring binder and cost about $100. It had all of the required State rules & regulations for both indoor & outdoor ranges of all types, as well as design info.

Last fall I toured a 1-lane, 100 yd underground range. One end was in the basement of a single story building. Extending from the basement was a 100 yd long 5’ or 6’ diameter galvanized culvert. At the other end was a concrete box about 8’ on a side with a hole about 3’ in diameter in on the side where the target was. This hole was covered with plywood. The box was filled with sand. The targets mounted on the plywood.

There was an access from the side just in front of the target, so that the targets could be replaced. There was also a camera mounted in this access area, just off to the side, for viewing the target.

This set up was used by an outfitter to sight in the firearms used in his business, so it was used a lot. I was told that about once a year the sand would be emptied out of the box, the bullets sifted out and the plywood replaced.

Being underground is was not noisy. Slick operation.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:33 AM
 
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thank you all for your guidance and information. I shall inquire from the NRA if they have that info WM, and I am also looking at the PDF as well Elk.
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