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Rutland County militia training center owner says he won’t dismantle site as ordered

Daniel Banyai, the owner of Slate Ridge Vermont, speaks to supporters on Saturday April 17,...
Daniel Banyai, the owner of Slate Ridge Vermont, speaks to supporters on Saturday April 17, 2021 in West Pawlet, Vt. during a Second Amendment Day Picnic at the unpermitted gun range and firearms training center.(Wilson Ring | AP)
Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 1:33 PM EDT
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WEST PAWLET, Vt. (AP) - The owner of an unpermitted firearms training center in southern Vermont says he won’t comply with a judge’s order to dismantle much of the facility he built in the woods near the New York border.

Daniel Banyai says he’s looking for “the proper constitutional attorney” to help him appeal. He has until May 5 to appeal the March 4 order.

A shooter fires a rifle at a target at Slate Ridge Vermont, an unpermitted gun range and...
A shooter fires a rifle at a target at Slate Ridge Vermont, an unpermitted gun range and firearms training center, Saturday April 17, 2021 in West Pawlet, Vt., during what organizers called a Second Amendment Day Picnic.(Wilson Ring | AP)

The town of Pawlet has asked a judge to hold Banyai in contempt for refusing to end training activities on the property, have the structures there surveyed and remove any buildings that were constructed without local zoning permits. He was also fined $46,000.

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