Virginia Court Goes After the 2nd Amendment in Attempt to Intimidate Family Owned Gun Range

A disturbing miscarriage of justice is currently underway in Western Virginia where a county court is attempting to force a West Virginia shooting range to pretend the 2nd Amendment doesn’t exist.

From Peacemaker National Training Center’s Legal Defense Fund:

Peacemaker National Training Center (PNTC) is a National Rifle Association (NRA) affiliated shooting club hosting a world class limited public use and private membership shooting facility.  PNTC is the largest shooting sports complex and training facility on the East Coast and is also home to the NRA World Shooting Championship.  PNTC, established in 2010, is a completely veteran owned and family owned small business.  Their property has been in their family for well over 150 years and is the absolute center of the fight for the second amendment and for privacy rights.

Located in Glengary, West Virginia, Peacemaker is a top-notch facility that seeks to train law abiding citizens in responsible gun ownership. The family has invested everything they have into starting this business but now face extreme pressure from liberal fascists who want to destroy the 2nd Amendment. They’ve taken Peacemaker to court and the family faces a potentially devastating civil lawsuit that could force the closure of the business they’ve worked so hard to build.

The lawsuit traverses dangerous ground because the court is now demanding that Peacemaker turn over all of their private records, treading dangerously close to allowing the government a registry of local gun owners.

Specifically, a resident of Virginia has filed a nuisance complaint against PNTC alleging that noise from normal operation of the shooting range is a nuisance, and therefore interferes with his property rights.  This complaint was filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court and is before Circuit Court Judge Grey Silver, styled Ben and Diane Goldstein v. Peacemaker Properties, LLC and Peacemaker National Training Center, LLC, Civil Action No. 15-C-520.  Court documents filed in the case are public record and may be reviewed through the Circuit Clerk’s office. 

Although our legal team pointed out that Berkeley County, WV specifically exempts shooting ranges from their noise ordinance and prevents nuisance claims against shooting ranges, the complaint was filed and not dismissed by the court.  You may also access the Berkeley County Noise Ordinance at the following link: Berkeley County Noise Ordinance.

Despite numerous motions and requests to reconsider, and numerous mediation efforts with the plaintiff, the court has ordered PNTC to produce the below documents and other private records under a “Protective Order.”  Under this order, the plaintiffs and their counsel are legally permitted to access the following private information:

–       All private member files.

–       All waivers from any person who has accessed PNTC, to include names of all law enforcement officials, federal agency personnel, military personnel and foreign military personnel.

–       All shooting competition files and lists.

–       All training information and lists.

–       All customer waivers.

–       Identities of all persons who have used PNTC ranges.

–       All ATF and NFA records (to include Forms 4473 and ATF bound book information).

If you are able, please give to help the folks at Peacemaker defend themselves from these unconstitutional attacks and to send a message to Berkeley County, Virginia authorities who are allowing this brazen assault on our rights.

 

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children. You can find his writing all over the web.

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