BANGOR – The proposed ordinance that would allow indoor firing ranges in Bangor was back on the agenda for the Business and Economic Development Committee, but this time with some changes.
The updated proposal allowing commercial indoor firing ranges in the General Commercial and Service District now clarifies what is allowed on residential properties.
“The ordinance is trying to allow shooting in rural areas of the city, but not have it be a large scale commercial activity.” City Councilor, Ben Sprague, said.
The new draft also includes limitations on the use of firearms on personal property.
For example, shooting shall not occur from 6 P.M. to 10 A.M. and shooting cannot last for more than 2 hours at a time, once per day.
“There’s still points of disagreements, but the freedom of one person to manage a commercial business at some point bumps up to the freedom of neighbors to live in a residential area of the city without a commercial gun range next to them.” Sprague said.
At the last meeting, one of the biggest problems facing the committee was trying to figure out what constitutes a commercial range versus an accessory to a home.
While this draft of the ordinance is somewhat more clear, that continues to be the point of contention.
“That’ll be the tricky thing, defining what is commercial, what is personal.” Sprague said. “We’re trying to work with all interested parties to find a solution and balance. We’ll just have to work with all interested parties as they come up.”
The committee will continue working on the proposal.