Follow Up to York County, VA Look At Restricting Shooting
As reported earlier York County, VA was looking to change current ordinances regarding shooting & hunting.
York County, VA –-(AmmoLand.com)- Rick Pierce reports with what happened on Tuesday at the York County Board of Supervisor’s meeting on the proposed firearms ordinance changes:
This was a work session for the York County, Board of Supervisors, and they would not let citizens make comments.
The meeting went very well. They discussed proposed notifications to be made to adjacent property owners so hunters could hunt on property that were in the 300 feet area of banned neighborhoods only if zoned RR or RC.
One supervisor questioned why should we notify if it is not a safety concern, then he questioned why do we have restrictions of 300 feet on citizens property that are adjacent to banned neighborhoods. Is it for safety? The consensus was that it posed no danger and the hunter shooter was already responsible for his bullet path, and that he/she was responsible enough to not shoot into the banned neighborhoods.
They discussed that the safety of these neighborhoods was why the 300 feet was in the current code. Also one member stated there was no history of problems, so he implied why are we imposing laws for no reason. So they all agreed that the 300 feet banned area would be removed from the current code.
They did express concern that they want no discharge within 300 feet of public schools in the county. Also if someone shoots within 1000 feet from a school they are to notify the principle of said school, but not by answering machine message, it should be by direct phone contact.
Also removed all restrictions for bb and pneumatic guns from entire county in this code.
The board was very concerned with the rights of people to hunt & shoot on their property regardless of the distance from banned areas. There were also several new neighborhoods that were added to the list of banned areas. They do have the exemptions as you stated for deer managed hunts, or self defense in one’s life or to kill a dangerous or destructive wild animal.
They also would not allow high powered rifles except firing ranges, for deer managed hunts, or self defense in one’s life or to kill a dangerous or destructive wild animal. They still allow shot guns and 22 cal. rifles in the allowable areas.
I saw one individual carrying a handgun at the meeting and another with a VCDL shirt and several other concerned citizens.
All in all it went very well. I believe they are planning a public hearing after they modify the ordinance and will allow public comments at that time.
Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit: www.vcdl.org