Members of the Phillipsburg Rod and Gun Club rallied together at their headquarters in Black Moshannon State Park on Wednesday.
This land has been used by the club for generations. That’s why attorneys for the club filed a lawsuit trying to stop them from being pushed off the land.
“All our membership does not want to lose this facility. We don’t want to be pushed around to leave. We have a right to be here. We have a lease to be here,” Phillipsburg Rod and Gun Club President Scott Holdren said.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources told the club they were in breach of their lease by not cleaning up lead ammo. Members said the DCNR was going to do it because they wouldn’t let the club use their own contractors.
The club has now filed a lawsuit against the state.
“So the lawsuit originated out of the anger that was generated among the membership. For stealing their land, for stealing their money and stealing their membership,” attorney Joel Sansone said.
The club said they’ve lost about 200 members because of their issues with DCNR. Now they’re fighting to keep the land they’ve used for generations.
“We don’t want this to disappear. My father was a member here. My uncles were members. It’s just a family thing that we don’t want to lose and we enjoy this sport too. We don’t want to lose this facility,” Holdren said.