ARIZONA PASSES SHOOTING RANGE PROTECTION BILL . . . On May 10, 2002 Arizona Governor Jane Hull signed into law a model shooting range protection bill. This landmark bill, which is one of the nation's most progressive, will provide protection against nuisance noise suits and requires developers to pay for noise abatement when a zoning change impacts ranges. In 2000, via legislation, a â€œJoint Legislative Committee on Firearms Safety and Shooting Rangesâ€ was established. Don Turner, who supervises the Ben Avery Shooting Facility and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Shooting Ranges (a division of the National Shooting Sports Foundation), was appointed to the committee by Governor Hull. As the only shooting range operator /expert on the committee, Turner became responsible for providing much needed expertise to the committee. He proposed the concept and draft language of the bill. Arizona Senator Tom Smith chaired the committee and was the prime supporter in moving the bill through the legislative process. All who helped and supported this effort, including the NASR, who provided Don with technical information and comments, should feel very proud of their efforts. Not only does Arizona now have a nuisance noise protection bill for its shooting ranges, but a mechanism to provide funding to enhance community relations with their residential neighbors.