A long running dispute between south Seal Rock land owner Gerald Conrady and many of his neighbors over his use of his 120 acres as a shooting range has racked up another court defeat. The State Court of Appeals has agreed with a Lincoln County Judge that Conrady does not have the complete right to set up a shooting range, even in a timber conservation zone, because the county has some control over shooting and fire arms training facilities. It means that Conrady must apply for a county conditional use permit that is issued only after an application is filed, an evaluation of the property is done, the shooting facility plans are reviewed, the neighbors are consulted and whether the facility could be run safely with little or no risk to surrounding land owners.
Neighbors have already filed a lawsuit of their own against Conrady and have well documented their complaints about the frequent use of Conrady’s property for shooting. They say the gunfire is very disruptive, creates fear about stray bullets and often goes on into the night robbing them of the peaceful enjoyment of their property. For these reasons the County Planning Commission and the County Board of Commissioners would very likely deny Conrady a permit for a shooting range or firearms training facility.
County officials say Conrady continues to claim that his land, being in a timber conservation zone, means the county has NO SAY over where or if he sets up a shooting range. After losing this second round in court his next step is to take it to the Oregon Supreme Court.