Town reconsiders firearms zone

Board may expand area prohibiting discharge of weapons near subdivisions after fielding complaints from residents

THE TOWN OF GRAFTON’S no-firearms discharge zone map shows restricted gun use in high-density residential areas. The Town Board is considering expanding the prohibited area.
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Grafton Town Board scheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 9, to discuss expanding the town’s no-firearms discharge zone.

Town Chairman Lester Bartel said the board would consider amending the zone to include properties along Green Bay Road between Chateau Drive and Lakefield Road near the High Forest Drive subdivision. 

“As the town becomes more populated in denser areas like that, the days when people would shoot 200 to 300 rounds in an afternoon next to residential areas are behind us now,” Bartel said. “It just makes people nervous these days. People are different about firearms than they were 30 years ago.”

In the fall, a resident living in the proposed no-firearm discharge zone set up a pistol range, which alarmed neighbors.

“There’s a lot of dense housing there and a lot of rounds were fired on a Sunday afternoon,” Bartel.

When the incident was brought to the board, members decided to table taking action until January.

Bartel said he doesn’t expect many residents to attend the meeting but that there could be more interest when the matter is taken to a public hearing.

In past meetings concerning firearms, there has been a great deal of public input on limiting the use of shooting guns in the town.

Bartel said board members are diverse in their opinion on gun use in the town but believes the board will expand the discharge zone to include more densely populated areas near the Village of Grafton in the future.

While the decision could affect hunters, Bartel said they are not the cause of the concern.

“The things that have always caused the issues have not been hunters,” he said. “The issues have been people who buy high-powered rifles and want to shoot them, and the sound can travel for miles.” 

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