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

See our policy page on Gun Industry Immunity for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

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). ⤴︎