Natrona County Commission will talk gun range regulation, fire ban

2012-11-05T21:30:00Z 2013-04-22T15:28:04Z Natrona County Commission will talk gun range regulation, fire banBy LEAH TODD Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online
November 05, 2012 9:30 pm  • 

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.

Reach county reporter Leah Todd at 307-266-0592 or Follow her on Twitter @leahktodd.

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  1. wyo120
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    wyo120 - November 06, 2012 2:53 pm
    How do we know from the article that the "fool" that fired that gun has no range safety or experience? Pretty judgmental. Yes that is a high powered gun, and also usallly very expensive, a .50 cal is not as common as everyone owning a .22 I would think this person that invested their time and money into a .50 is experienced and other factors could come into play. And wouldnt you think that person was out there to sight the gun in? so ya im sure he/she was adjusting it a few clicks! Its a gun range!!! Sounds like if it did come from the range that it could be a freak accident. bullets travel, ricochets happen. Did anyone bother to ask what the wind was like that day??? I also agree with the call to ban the .50 cal from the range, maybe they should of done that in the first place.
  2. LuvCasper
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    LuvCasper - November 06, 2012 12:53 pm
    Hope Mr. D is successful & these illegal targets are taken down immediately.
  3. wyorock
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    wyorock - November 06, 2012 10:30 am
    Interestingly enough, we hear he can't sell his house because of location. Isn't it a coincidence it gets shot?
  4. Wyomingsportsman
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    Wyomingsportsman - November 06, 2012 10:15 am
    Close that range and they will just go somewhere else that isn't designed as a shooting range. Whoever did it needs to be banned from the range anyway, its evident they don't understand range safety. And I just can't help but wonder just how Duel knows the bullet was fired from that gun range, since that bullet had the capability to travel over 4 miles. circumstantial evidence at best.
  5. Vettester
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    Vettester - November 06, 2012 8:13 am
    Should probably have the fool that fired that shot adjust his scope a couple of "clicks".
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