AN ACT EXEMPTING CERTAIN SHOOTING RANGES FROM CIVIL OR CRIMINAL LIABILITY FOR NOISE POLLUTION.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 214 of the General Laws is hereby amended by
inserting after section 7A the following section:-
Section 7B. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law,
regulation to the contrary, no owner of a rifle, pistol, silhouette, skeet,
trap, blackpowder, or other similar range shall be liable in
any civil action or criminal prosecution in any matter relating to
noise or noise pollution resulting from use of the range, provided said
owner of the range was in compliance with any applicable noise
control law, ordinance or by-laws in existence at the time of the
construction of such
No owner shall be liable in any action for nuisance,
and no court shall enjoin the use or operation of said range on
the basis of noise or noise pollution, provided said owner was in
compliance with any noise control law, ordinance or by-laws in existence at
time of the construction of the range.
No standards in rules adopted by any state, city, or town agency for
limiting levels of noise in terms of decibel level which may occur in the
outdoor atmosphere shall apply to the ranges exempted from liability under
the provisions of this section. Such ranges shall be prohibited from operating
between the hours of ten o'clock post meridian and eight o'clock ante meridian
unless otherwise allowed by the local governing body.