Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Rowlett and gun range aim for lawsuit resolution
The lawsuit was filed in January 2012 when two homes were hit by stray bullets.Public Garland Shooting Range, are getting closer to a resolution of a lawsuit that has been ongoing for more than a year. The attorneys representing the city and the gun range met for a status conference on Monday, April 22, in the 95th District Court with Judge Ken Molberg. "We had a brief hearing on the gun range," said David Berman, city of Rowlett attorney. Berman said the conference followed an independent meeting the attorneys had on Friday, April 19, to discuss the case. During the meeting the attorneys came to several agreements based on recommendations by independent consultant Herbert Chambers, whom the court hired to evaluate the safety of the gun range. "Given the Chambers report, James Day is willing to pursue additional improvements to the gun range that will assure the safety of Rowlett citizens. He has previously constructed a 20-foot berm that serves as a backstop for the rifle range. He will now install baffling between the berm and the firing line that will at last achieve the no-blue-sky shooting environment we have been asking for all along and suggested by the NRA Range Source Manual. A set of other internal modifications are also proposed," Berman said. Molberg scheduled another status conference in 30 days to see what details the attorneys have worked out. If an agreement to settle the lawsuit has not been reached at that time, the judge will determine the next course of action. The lawsuit began in January last year when Rowlett police were called to investigate bullets in two different homes. The city took immediate action and filed an injunction on behalf of the residents to force the gun range to address safety concerns and to protect its residents. This was the second time within a two-year period suspicious bullets entered the area. A 2010 incident, in which resident Michael Dorman was hit while working in his backyard, is being heard as part of a separate lawsuit against the gun range.
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