Target shooting liability and agritourism

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 9 on target shooting liability and agritourism.  The bill, authored by Sen. Tomes, provides that a person who goes upon a premises for the purpose of target shooting does not have an assurance that the premises is safe for that purpose. The bill also provides that a natural resource based agritourism activity includes target shooting.

The bill was amended by consent to narrow the application of the immunity provisions to the owners of shooting ranges certified by the National Rifle Association or the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association that post and maintain signage concerning liability.  The bill was also amended by consent to change the standard of proof to gross negligence or willful and wanton conduct. The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association and the Indiana Rifle and Pistol Association testified in support of the bill. The amended bill passed 5-3.

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