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- Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow is running for the state’s Supreme Court in November.
- Dorow and her husband, Brian, have also applied to open an indoor gun range, Jezebel reported.
- The gun range would host weddings and holiday events and serve alcohol, city documents show.
A Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate and her husband are trying to open an indoor gun range that can host weddings and serve alcohol.
Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow, a conservative candidate for the state’s Supreme Court and her husband Brian Dorow, purchased the former Hartland Sportsman’s Club in 2021 and renamed it Delafield Oaks Range, Jezebel reported.
The couple asked the city of Delafield to turn the space into an indoor shooting range that could also double as an events space that will “host weddings, conventions, and high-end meetings,” and also feature outdoor hiking trails, horseshoes, bean bag toss,” alongside other similar activities, per city records.
Dorow announced her candidacy for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in late November 2022. PBS Wisconsin reported that Dorow is one of four candidates running to take the seat of Justice Patience Roggensack, who is retiring. The state’s highest court is currently made up of four conservatives and three liberals.
Additionally, the proposal includes plans to offer food, a liquor license, and outdoor holiday events like Easter egg hunts and Halloween festivities.
In audio obtained by Jezebel, Dorow can be heard confirming the details of the couple’s plans at a Republican Women of Southeast Wisconsin meeting earlier this month.
“My husband and I actually are developing a state-of-the-art range in Waukesha County. We bought the old Hartland Sportsman’s Club. And so that’s just a little project that we have going on,” she said, according to Jezebel.
In 2021, Brian Dorow defended the idea in front of the Delafield Plan Commission, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported at the time.
He said at the time he would work on planning the hours so that shooting times did not conflict with weddings going on.
“I know there was a concern that ‘I don’t want shooting during my weddings.’ We won’t do it during the weddings and other activities that may present themselves,” Dorow said, according to the Journal Sentinel.
He also defended the proposal request for a liquor license in the same space as the gun range.
“It’s pretty common when you look at Wern Valley (Sportsmen’s Club in Waukesha),” he said, according to the newspaper. “Clearly, there’s a separation. You’re not having a glass of wine and shooting. You’re clearly done for the day, your gun and ammunition is in the vehicle, and you come and have a social drink or two.”
The city documents outline the proposed club’s “alcohol safety policy”, where anyone buying alcohol would get a handstamp and not be allowed into the gun ranges. “Preliminary breath testers will be available to test suspicious individuals,” the documents continued.