People who live in the area have been complaining about the noise being made at a local shooting range, so much so that the Berkeley County Circuit Court passed a protection order.
Residents living nearby have had enough.
The Goldsteins have owned their home since 1976, which sits just 300 yards from Peacemaker National Training Center, a local shooting range that has caused quite the noise complaint.
“Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein believe they have a claim under the common law or case law of West Virginia for private nuisance, which is the unreasonable use of ones property which interferes with the peaceful enjoyment of another’s property,” Joe Caltrider, prosecuting attorney, said.
Peacemaker National Training Center has been open since 2011. With 17 ranges and about 2,500 acres of land, the complaints weren’t filed until 2015.
“So, our lawsuit is not designed to close the shooting range. It’s designed to have Peacemaker invest the type of money in the shooting range complex of its size and scope that should be invested to be a responsible and honorable neighbor to all the surrounding property owners,” Caltrider said.
Berkeley County Circuit Court passed a protection order. This motion orders the shooting range to submit private documents from their customers.
“This information includes an awful lot of personally identifiable information on a broad sloth of the public to include law enforcement and the military,” Keith Morgan, the President of West Virginia Common Defense League, said.
The protection order gives access to things like member files, customers file waivers and all people who have used the shooting range.
“We believe that the scope of that discover request and the associated order needs to be trimmed back radically to protect all the personally identifiable information of a massive customer base,” Morgan said.
Peacemaker said they have asked the courts to reconsider because shooting ranges are normally excluded from the noise ordinance.
The Goldsteins’ attorney said that is not the issue nor is it about trying to take away Second Amendment rights.
“The Berkeley County noise ordinance, from our point of view, does not abolish West Virginia case law that allows someone to claim a private nuisance and the opportunity to prove that in court,” said Caltrider.
The Goldsteins’ attorney said they still hope to co-exist with the shooting range, while Peacemaker said they appreciate the support they’ve received so far.