PSA…

If you’ve EVER shot at Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia, this heads up is for you…

PNTC Members and Customers,

We would like to thank each of you for being members and customers of PNTC and we look forward to your continued support and use of the complex. We cannot stress enough how much we appreciate and need your continued support.

We feel compelled inform our members and customers regarding a recent court ruling related to PNTC’s private customer information. Specifically, a resident of Virginia has filed a nuisance complaint against PNTC alleging that noise from operation of the shooting range is a nuisance, and therefore interferes with his property rights. This complaint was filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court and is before Circuit Court Judge Grey Silver, styled Ben and Diane Goldstein v. Peacemaker Properties, LLC and Peacemaker National Training Center, LLC, Civil Action No. 15- C-520. Court documents filed in the case are public record and may be reviewed through the Circuit Clerk’s office.

Although our legal team pointed out that Berkeley County, WV specifically exempts shooting ranges from their noise ordinance and prevents nuisance claims against shooting ranges, the complaint was filed and not dismissed by the court. You may also access the Berkeley County Noise Ordinance at this link: http://www.berkeleycountycomm.org/docs/ordinances/amendnoiseord0409.pdf

Despite numerous motions and requests to reconsider, and numerous mediation efforts with the plaintiff, the court has  ordered PNTC to produce the below documents and other private records under a “Protective Order.” Under this order, the plaintiffs and their counsel are legally permitted to access the following information:

 

–     All member files

–     All waivers from any person who has accessed PNTC, to include all law enforcement, federal agency personnel, military personnel and foreign military personnel names

–     All shooting competition files and lists

–     All training information and lists

–     All customer waivers

–     Identities of all persons who have used PNTC ranges

–     All ATF & NFA records (to include Forms 4473 and ATF bound book information)

Unfortunately, PNTC is unable to answer additional questions or comment on this matter at this time. Please know that we have done everything in our power to protect your private information, but we must comply with the court order.

Again, we look forward to seeing you soon and thank you for your support and understanding. Thank You,

Cole McCulloch – President

Peacemaker National Training Center

This is NOT good, as there is no telling how that information will be used or disseminated… And if I remember correctly, they will have name, address, phone number and caliber of weapon fired… Dammit…


Comments

PSA… — 13 Comments

  1. Where is the NRA’s legal arm when you need them? Or are they just busy trolling for more dollars?

  2. Wow!! Just…wow!

    Guess I need to look up the definition of “shall not be infringed” again…

  3. Roger- Yeah, sigh…

    Rev- I think ‘somebody’ is working on that.

    Aguila- I’m pretty sure they have been notified. Don’t know what is going on behind the scenes…

    Suz- Yeah… dammit!!!

  4. This reeks of something more than a noise complaint. If I understood what I read in the filing, which is linked in the comments on the WVCDL book of face, the plaintiff is an attorney from CA.
    I’m curious as to whether the plaintiff owned (or “resided”)at the VA address prior to Peacemaker opening, how ever many years ago that was.

  5. It goes to show that you need a private range, or if you live out west, look for a spot in the desert that works, or some BLM land and pace-off a range. Other than annual qualification for the CCW

  6. Hmmm, this sure smells familiar.

    “…the plaintiff is an attorney from CA.”

    I wonder if said plaintiff was ever associated with (the late) Paul Persons (AMF)? He was an attorney in Northern Kalifornia who represented plaintiffs in a suit based on noise against a gun club. The club was trying to do a land swap to relocate. Residents on the neighboring ridge top to the new location (about 1/2 mile away) filed the complaint to stop the move. Tests with a decibel meter found that noise from 18 wheelers riding their jake brake on the nearby highway made louder noise than a 30-06 coming from the range.

    The range finally did move, but one of the stipulations granted the plaintiffs was that the range must be members only, and not open to the public. After the ink dried, the club started selling 1-day memberships. Looks like they’re still up and running—

    http://theprgclub.org/index.html

  7. Why would suing the range give court or the lawyers access to the Bound Book and 4473, I thought they were protected tax forms.

  8. RHT- That was about 10 years ago, right? My youngest daughter lives up in that area… Don’t know who the oppo lawyer is, but it’s sure possible!

    Dag- That’s what I though too, but I’m not a lawyer, and I can’t see them giving up which agencies/personnel used the range either…

  9. Yeah, ten years sounds about right. I was a member at the old location and shot many a 100 yard Highpower match there. It was a beautiful spot up in the Ponderosa pine forest.

  10. I remember in the 90’s while Bill and Janet Reno were the movers and shakers, they tried to sue the NRA to get their member list. I heard about that and cancelled my membership. I know even back then that the IRS was politicized and going after the enemies of Bill and the democrats. I wanted to stay under the radar and not get “Ruby Ridged”.

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