At its regular meeting on Dec. 2, the Payette City Council brought the city’s code regarding indoor shooting ranges in line with the state’s.

The council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 1466 to amend City Code Title 17, Chapter 17.64.190. This now allows indoor shooting ranges to open within city limits without having to assure a 1-mile clearance in the direction of residences or businesses.

The rule will allow individuals wishing to open a shooting range within city limits to do so, providing it otherwise meets requirements set forth by city and state Codes.

Councilor Alan Massey brought about the proposed change after an attempt by a would-be shooting range owner fell through.

“I had talked to him earlier [today]. … He was excited which direction this was gonna go,” said Massey.

Councilor Ray Wickersham added that under existing rules, anyone seeking to set up in Payette could expect to spend six to nine months in the permitting process.

Idaho Code does not have a minimum clearance requirement relative to the line of fire for shooting ranges in the state.

The second reading of the ordinance was at the Dec. 2 meeting.

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