William Duel was not at home the night the .50-caliber bullet penetrated his steel roof.
Allegedly shot from the Poison Spider Shooting Range on Twelve Mile Road, the bullet reportedly cleared a Casper Mountain ridge to reach Duel’s home more than a mile away. According to a complaint not filed in court but delivered to the Natrona County Commission, the 2-inch-long bullet’s impact set off Duel’s security alarms, which recorded the date and time of entry: Sept. 23, 6:48 p.m.
At its public work session today the commission will meet with Platte River Rod and Gun Club board member Tracy Traxler to discuss range supervision and safety, alternate layouts and what’s allegedly become a regular — albeit unlawful — practice of placing targets beyond the shooting range’s 1,000-yard field.
Natrona County leases land annually to the Platte River Rod and Gun Club for operation as a shooting range. Although the original lease’s terms require a range supervisor “whenever the range is open,” Duel’s complaint alleges the shooting range provides no supervision whatsoever.
Upon receiving Duel’s complaint, the Natrona County Commission banned .50-caliber rifles from the Poison Spider Shooting Range. But Duel’s complaint suggests he is still concerned; he requests a temporary closing of the gun range to allow an evaluation into its practices. National Rifle Association funds are available to do so, his complaint says.