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April 18, 2013

Musquash shooting concerns still irk residents

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Town Councilor Tom Dolan said it may be time for the town to get legal advice on how to move forward on ways to help ease the shooting concerns and dangers.

“The town can’t make any local laws around noise coming from firing ranges,” he said. “There may be some obscure laws we’ll need to get legal advice on.”

Conservation officials said they could make recommendations to the Town Council on how to move forward.

Dolan said it would be important to also find out what other communities are doing to handle similar shooting problems.

“The town attorney can help steer us toward something legal,” Dolan said, “or you’re going down a dead-end path that you can’t get through.”

He also suggested talking to Londonderry’s state delegation for possible direction on any future laws that could be put in place concerning shooting.

Acting Town Manager and police Chief William Hart said safety information is posted in the areas where shooting occurs, offering ways to be safe with firearms and promoting courses in gun handling and ownership.

Concerns are still mounting, he said.

“We know there is a clear and present danger to our citizens using that area,” Hart said.

The issue is complex, Dolan added, since there are state laws in place.

“How do we navigate through the various rules and regulations of the state laws? That’s the hard part,” Dolan said. “But I don’t think it’s hard to convince people we have a safety problem.”

Conservation officials agreed to talk to legal counsel, then take the issue back before town councilors for more review on how to move forward.

All agreed it’s not the intention to punish anyone who is using those areas of town to shoot responsibly. Right now, the town is doing all it can within the confines of the law.

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