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Judge, no to 50K legal bill — Seabeck gun club to pay hundreds in county legal expenses rather than five-figure amount

Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club won’t have to pay the five-figure amount in the legal costs that Kitsap County prosecution was seeking.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Susan Serko ruled last Friday that the Seabeck gun club is entitled to pay $480 in court costs to county attorneys but not the approximate $50,000 it sought after.

Serko issued an injunction in February, which ordered the club to pay for the county’s legal expenses during the lawsuit.

“The club’s next step is looking for a stay of judgement at the [state] court of appeals,” said Marcus Carter, executive officer of the club.

Serko ruled in February that the gun club was a public nuisance and ordered it to shut down its shooting range until it has acquired a conditional use permit from the county. The club has shut down its shooting range since the Feb. 9 decision and order but plans to appeal.

“We’re looking at least three or four weeks down the road,” Carter said last Friday on filing the appeal motion.

Kitsap County Prosecutor Russell Hauge filed the lawsuit against the club in September 2010.

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