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3419Ratification Number: 281Act Number: 260Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19990202Primary Sponsor: KlauberAll Sponsors: Klauber, Cooper, Lanford, Fleming, Taylor, Limehouse, Altman, Knotts, Hawkins, Loftis, Sandifer, Harrison, Lucas, Robinson, Witherspoon, Hinson, Vaughn, Keegan, Riser, Wilkins and Young-BrickellDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\kgh\15211dc99.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20000330Date of Last Amendment: 20000323Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 20000501Subject: Shooting Range Act of 2000, Weapons, Fish and Game, Natural Resources, Property, Political SubdivisionsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 20000516 Act No. A260 ------ 20000501 Signed by Governor ------ 20000426 Ratified R281 House 20000330 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 20000328 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 20000323 Amended, read second time ------ 20000322 Scrivener's error corrected Senate 20000321 Committee report: Favorable with 12 SLCI amendment Senate 19990525 Committed to Committee 12 SLCI Senate 19990525 Recalled from Committee 11 SJ Senate 19990513 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee House 19990513 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19990512 Amended, read second time House 19990511 Committee report: Favorable with 25 HJ amendment House 19990202 Introduced, read first time, 25 HJ referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on May 11, 1999 - Word format Revised on May 12, 1999 - Word format Revised on March 21, 2000 - Word format Revised on March 22, 2000 - Word format Revised on March 23, 2000 - Word format
(A260, R281, H3419)
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 31, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT BY ADDING CHAPTER 18 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA SHOOTING RANGE PROTECTION ACT OF 2000", TO DEFINE "SHOOTING RANGE", "PERSON", AND "SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE IN USE", TO REGULATE NUISANCE ACTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY NEAR EXISTING SHOOTING RANGES, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SHOOTING RANGES NEAR EXISTING PROPERTY, AND DORMANT SHOOTING RANGES, TO PROVIDE CONDITIONS AND LIMITATIONS FOR REGULATION OF NOISE CONTROL OF A SHOOTING RANGE BY COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES, TO PROVIDE THAT THIS CHAPTER DOES NOT PROHIBIT A LOCAL GOVERNMENT FROM REGULATING THE LOCATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SHOOTING RANGE AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ACT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR PUBLIC NOTICE WHEN ENTERING A SHOOTING RANGE AREA.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Shooting Range Protection Act
SECTION 1. Title 31 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 31-18-10. This chapter may be cited as the 'South Carolina Shooting Range Protection Act of 2000'.
Section 31-18-20. As used in this chapter:
(1) 'shooting range' or 'range' means an area that is:
(a) designated, utilized, and operated by a person for the firing of firearms; where
(b) the firing of firearms is the usual, regular, and primary activity occurring in the area; and where
(c) the improvements, size, geography, and vegetation of the area are such that a projectile discharged from a firearm at a target would not reasonably be expected to escape its boundaries by virtue of the trajectory of the projectile, or by virtue of a backstop, berm, bullet trap, impact barrier, or similar device designed to prevent the escape of such projectiles.
(2) 'person' means an individual, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, club, association, governmental entity, or other legal entity.
(3) 'substantial change in use' or 'substantial change in the use' means that the current primary use of the range no longer represents the activity previously engaged in at the range.
Section 31-18-30. (A) Except as provided in this subsection, a person may not maintain a nuisance action for noise against a shooting range, or the owners, operators, or users of the range, located in the vicinity of that person's property if the shooting range was established as of the date the person acquired the property. If there is a substantial change in the use of the range after the person acquires the property, the person may maintain a nuisance action if the action is brought within three years from the beginning of the substantial change.
(B) A person who owns property in the vicinity of a shooting range that was established after the person acquired the property may maintain a nuisance action for noise against that shooting range, or the owners, operators, or users of the range, only if the action is brought within five years after establishment of the range or three years after a substantial change in use of the range.
(C) If there has been no shooting activity at a range for a period of three years, resumption of shooting is considered establishment of a new shooting range for purposes of this section. The three-year period shall be tolled if shooting activity ceases due to legal action against the shooting range or the owners, operators, or users of the shooting range.
Section 31-18-40. (A) A county, municipal, or state noise control ordinance, rule, or regulation may not require or be applied to require a shooting range to limit or eliminate shooting activities that have occurred on a regular basis before January 1, 2000.
(B) A county, municipal, or state noise control ordinance, rule, or regulation may not be applied to a shooting range that was in compliance with a noise control ordinance as of the date of its establishment, provided there is no substantial change in the use of the range subsequent to its initial compliance.
(C) A county, municipal, or state noise control ordinance, rule, or regulation may not be applied to a shooting range that was in existence prior to the enactment of a noise control ordinance, rule, or regulation, provided there is no substantial change in the use of the range.
Section 31-18-50. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter or the law of this State, this chapter does not prohibit a local government from regulating the location and construction of a new shooting range after the effective date of this chapter.
Section 31-18-60. Each county in this State in which there is an existing shooting range or in which a shooting range is established must prominently display a sign at a one-mile radius of each shooting range on all primary highways to notify the public that they are entering the area of a shooting range which shall bear the following inscription:
The sign must conform to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the policies of the Department of Transportation. The cost of fabricating the sign must be paid by the shooting range. Any shooting range in existence prior to January 1, 2000, must have a sign installed by January 1, 2001."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 26th day of April, 2000.
Approved the 1st day of May, 2000.
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