- Associated Press - Sunday, October 5, 2014

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan shooting range has won an appeal in a dispute with a prosecutor over firing guns near a residence.

Cheboygan Sportsman Club has been around since 1952. Former member Roger Watts moved into a home near the club and complained that people were violating a Michigan law that bans shooting within 150 yards of a residence.

The Cheboygan County prosecutor subsequently threatened to file criminal charges against members. But the appeals court ruled 2-1 that the restriction applies to hunting, not target shooting.

The court says it would be “absurd” to believe that anyone who purchased the lots didn’t know about the range nearby.

Judge William Whitbeck disagrees and says his colleagues are misinterpreting the law.

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