- Vermont resident Daniel banyai is facing jail time for contempt of court after refusing to comply with a court order to remove his shooting range on his personal property in Paul, Vermont.
- The controversy began when neighbors complained about the noise from the range, leading to zoning restrictions and a lawsuit filed by the neighbors in the Vermont court of the environment.
- The court ruled in favor of the neighbors, ordering Mr. banyai to strip his property of all structures related to the range and return the land to its original condition.
- Mr. banyai's attorney claims that the neighbors formed a posse to drive him out of town and that the town of Paullette even had legislation drafted and passed to ban paramilitary training.
- Mr. banyai has filed a federal lawsuit against the town, alleging violations of the Second and 14th Amendments.
- This case highlights the potential for legislation aimed at shutting down shooting ranges and training facilities.
In a controversial case that has garnered attention on social media, Vermont resident Daniel banyai is facing jail time until his personal shooting range is destroyed. The dispute began when neighbors started complaining about the noise coming from Mr. banyai's range, known as Slate Ridge. The complaints led to the neighbors seeking zoning restrictions through the city council. However, when the council couldn't satisfy their demands, they filed a lawsuit in the Vermont court of the environment.
The court ruled in favor of the neighbors, ordering Mr. banyai to remove all structures related to the range and return the land to its original condition. The court's decision was based solely on noise complaints, as there were no allegations of any person being endangered or harmed by the range. Despite this, Mr. banyai refused to comply with the court's order, leading to his arrest for contempt of court.
Mr. banyai's attorney, Robert Kaplan, claims that there is more to the story than just noise complaints. According to Kaplan, the neighbors formed a posse to drive Mr. banyai out of town, and the town of Paullette went as far as having legislation drafted and passed to ban paramilitary training. The legislation, signed by a Republican governor, makes it unlawful to teach, train, or demonstrate the use of firearms or techniques that could cause injury or death if it is intended to be used in or in furtherance of a civil disorder. It also prohibits assembling with others for the purpose of practicing or being taught such techniques.
In response to these actions, Mr. banyai has filed a federal lawsuit against the town of Paullette. He alleges that the town's actions violate both the Second and 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution. He is seeking immediate injunctive relief and reimbursement of attorney fees.
This case raises concerns about the potential for legislation aimed at shutting down shooting ranges and training facilities. It highlights the power of a small group of individuals who are determined to disarm civilians and are willing to go to great lengths to achieve their goal. If successful, this case could set a precedent for similar actions against shooting ranges in other states.
As this case unfolds, it is important for gun owners to be aware of the laws in their jurisdiction and how they can protect their rights. The case of Daniel banyai serves as a reminder of the importance of being a responsible gun owner and understanding the legal landscape surrounding firearms and shooting sports.