Owner Of Unpermitted Vermont Firearms Center Appeals Ruling

WEST PAWLET, Vt. (AP) — The owner of an unpermitted gun range in West Pawlet is appealing a Vermont Environmental Court ruling that ordered him to shut down his firearms training school, demolish any unpermitted buildings and pay $46,000.

The attorney for Daniel Banyai of Slate Ridge Vermont filed a notice of appeal with the Vermont Supreme Court last month.

The Rutland Herald reports the appeal will look at issues, including whether the environmental court overstepped its authority and whether the court violated Banyai’s property rights.

The attorney for the town argues that rather than go before the full Supreme Court, the case should get an expedited review by a three-judge panel.

Neighbors have complained for some time about gunfire at the facility and what they claimed were threats and intimidation by Banyai and his supporters.

The 30-acre property is only permitted to have a garage with an apartment. The property includes a 500-square-foot structure that serves as a training center and a number of outdoor shooting ranges.

Earlier this year, the town asked a judge to hold Banyai in contempt for refusing to obey the March 4 order that he end training activities, have the structures surveyed and remove any buildings constructed without local zoning permits. He was fined $46,000.