The Caseyville Rifle and Pistol Club has spent the past four years battling for its survival in a legal war of attrition with St. Clair County.
So far the gun club -- the owner of the metro-east's only outdoor rifle range -- has won every round in court. The most recent victory occurred June 5, when a St. Clair County Circuit judge dismissed the county lawsuit aiming to shut down the 32-acre shooting range on the grounds it's a public danger.
The judge ruled the club is no more dangerous to aircraft landing at nearby Scott Air Force Base than hunters who discharge guns nearby.
It's a question that [club president Randy] Seper said he can't answer, either. For him, the idea that a gun club member would shoot a plane overhead makes no sense.
After showing a visitor around the shooting range's grounds, Seper pointed to a clump of trees just outside the club's southern boundary.
"If I was going to shoot at a plane, I would do it from over there and not out in the open," he said.
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