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Montlake Classic Clays Range To Reopen Today

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by DoubleAuto, Oct 24, 2009.

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  1. DoubleAuto

    DoubleAuto Well-Known Member

    Jun 3, 2007
    Out On The Mountain
    Montlake Classic Clays in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee (north of Chattanooga) is reopening today after a long legal battle with members of the Hamilton County Commission and some "neighbors" who moved into the neighborhood many years after the range was established around 1970. Thanks go to State Senator Andy Berke and the other state senators and legislators who passed the necessary legislation to grandfathered in Montlake Classic Clays' right to operate. The injunction against operating the range was lifted in the last few weeks. The Chattanooga, Tennessee area again has a range offering the shotgun sports to the public.

  2. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Good News for Montlake Shooters

    by Richard Simms - Chattanoogan.com - Oct 12

    Popular trap and skeet range to reopen

    Good news today for Chattanooga-area shooters who enjoy trap, skeet and sporting clays.

    The popular Montlake Classic Clays on Mowbray Mountain will be allowed to reopen following a lengthy legal battle which reached all the way to the Tennessee Legislature.

    Hamilton County Commissioners "zoned" Montlake out of business following complaints from surrounding landowners, in spite of the fact that the Montlake shooting facility has been operating in the same location for decades.

    A court battle, headed up by attorney Joe Manuel ensued.

    Parallel to the court battle, efforts were made to convince the Tennessee Legislature to pass special legislation allowing Montlake to operate. That happened in May 2009.

    However in spite of the passage of that law, the court injunction was still in place.

    After months of legal wrangling and consideration, Hamilton County Chancellor Howell Peoples has lifted that injunction.

    “We are grateful for Chancellor Peoples' thoughtful opinion ... lifting the injunction”, said owner, Craig Sheaffer. “His opinion clearly shows that the
    County Commission acted improperly when it tried to place a list of unreasonable restrictions as additional conditions on our re-opening because those restrictions violated the newly passed state law.”

    “We wish to thank all of those who have supported our efforts to ensure our right to reopen throughout this difficult time. This would not have been possible without the assistance of Senator Andy Berke (Chattanooga), Senator Doug Jackson (Dickson), Representative Henry Fincher (Cookeville) and Representative Vince Dean (East Ridge). We also wish to acknowledge the assistance of Robin Smith the former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party who has been a strong supporter of small business, as well as sport shooter’s and hunter’s Second Amendment rights,” added Sheaffer.

    In spite of the ruling in their favor, Sheaffer is still being required to pay court costs for the lengthy legal battle.

    It's unclear exactly when Montlake will be open for business although Manuel says they do hope to open "shortly."
  3. vvosen

    vvosen TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I've been waiting since I moved here from Chicago / Naperville in January. I'll be there tomorrow. Had to drive 2 hours north to shoot trap...only went once..

    Hope to see a bunch of Chattanooga area trapshooters for the first time.

    Vic Vosen
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