PETERBOROUGH — Outdoor shooting ranges are now prohibited in town after voters adopted a zoning amendment that restricts all future gun ranges.
Zoning Amendment 1, which changes or add definitions for several categories under the town’s zoning laws, includes new language that deals with gun ranges for recreational facilities.
“Shooting ranges shall be required to be entirely enclosed indoor facilities,” the ordinance now states.
Residents went for this change with 1,125 yes votes to 320 no votes, barring any new outdoor gun ranges in town.
Zoning officials did say on Wednesday that the change will not impact the current ranges in town, as they would be grandfathered in under the law.
Peterborough’s Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett did not respond to a request for comment.
The town is currently involved in a legal dispute with the Monadnock Rod and Gun Club over the location of the club’s gun range and alleged wetlands violations. The town forced the club to shut down its outdoor firing range last year, and the club is currently dealing with a lawsuit involving abutters. That lawsuit is set for trial in Hillsborough Superior Court — North in Manchester in July.
Penny Dean, the attorney representing the Monadnock Rod and Gun Club, said Wednesday she had not heard about the zoning change.
Charlie Stevenson, president of the Peterborough Sportsmen’s Club, is aware of the change, but he’s currently not too worried about it. The club straddles the town line and its ranges are just over the border in Dublin, not in Peterborough.
“We lucked out,” Stevenson said.