In Washington State a proposed bill, House Bill 1508, would protect existing shooting ranges from noise complaints and would prohibit local governments from regulating the construction or location of existing gun ranges.
State Rep. Dean Takko, D-Longview, pointed out that when there are fewer shooting ranges around people are more likely to go into the woods to go shooting leaving harmful lead-laced bullets in the environment and possibly endangering people in the area. Shooting ranges give shooters a safe environment to shoot in and keep the lead residue in a contained and maintained area.
Currently, gun ranges in Washington are protected by the state’s Noise Control Act that keeps ranges exempt from noise limits between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. However, nearby residents can still sue the range as a nuisance using the argument that the range creates a “substantial and unreasonable interference with another individual’s use and enjoyment of his or her land” as stated in bill information provided by the legislature.