Wisconsin permits the establishment and operation of rifle ranges for “sharpshooting or improving in the use of firearms.”1 Once the grounds of the range are permanently located and developed, no private individuals or parties who acquire title to any property adversely affected by such ranges may file a lawsuit seeking to “restrain, enjoin or impede” the activities at the ranges or of the corporations owning them.2

Any person who owns or operates a sport shooting range is immune from civil liability related to noise resulting from the operation of the range.3 In addition, any person who owns or operates a sport shooting range is not subject to an action for nuisance and no court may enjoin or restrain the operation or use of a sport shooting range on the basis of noise.4 “Sport shooting range” means an area designed and operated for the use and discharge of firearms.5

For detailed information about government and private party lawsuits against the gun industry, the status of litigation involving gun industry immunity statutes in various states, or pending gun industry immunity legislation, visit the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s Gun Industry Immunity page.

See our Immunity Statutes / Manufacturer Litigation policy summary for further information.

Notes
  1. Wis. Stat. § 182.021. ⤴︎
  2. Id. ⤴︎
  3. Wis. Stat. § 895.527(2). ⤴︎
  4. Wis. Stat. § 895.527(3). ⤴︎
  5. Wis. Stat. § 895.527(1). ⤴︎