U.S. appeals court revives lawsuit over Washington County gun club restrictions

August 19, 2021

An appeals court said Tuesday that a federal judge should not have dismissed a legal challenge to township zoning restrictions that limited activities at a shooting range in Washington County and confined “sportsman’s clubs” to nonprofit companies.

The case was resurrected by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ordered the district judge to gather evidence, stating that Second Amendment rights necessitate a more thorough investigation of the facts than had previously transpired in the case.

The verdict concerns William Drummond’s ambitions to reopen a shuttered gun range and run the Greater Pittsburgh Gun Club on a 265-acre plot of land in Robinson Township. The three-judge panel unanimously agreed that the township’s attempt to limit what happens on the land may violate the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Constitution.