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Prepared by the Tarboo Ridge Coalition
September 8, 2018
The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) voted in December 2017 to declare a one-year moratorium on considering applications for commercial shooting facilities. The moratorium ordinance created a committee charged with developing draft legislation regulating commercial shooting ranges. The goal of this proposed ordinance was to protect the viability of gun ranges in the face of increasing population pressure with a focus on public safety, environmental protection, and compatible land use. The moratorium ordinance referenced recent legislation on the regulation of gun ranges from Kitsap County, which has withstood legal challenge, as a model.
The review committee consisted of County Prosecutor Phil Hunsucker, County staff from DCD, the Sheriff’s office, and Environmental Health, representatives of the Sportsman’s Club and the Point-No-Point Treaty Council, a citizen from each of the three legislative districts, and Joe D’Amico of Fort Discovery Inc. as a citizen-at-large. The committee met 15 times during the summer of 2018 and Mr. Hunsucker presented the draft ordinance, encapsulated in the bulleted points below, to the BoCC on August 27, 2018.
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