Sussex County, VA Planning Commission Meeting to Address Shooting Ranges Again

Sussex County, VA Planning Commission Meeting to Address Shooting Ranges Again
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Virginia Shooting Sports Association
Virginia Shooting Sports Association

Virginia – -( This past March, the Sussex County Board of Supervisors and Sussex Planning Commission held a joint public hearing on an unwarranted and overly restrictive proposed ordinance that would have limited shooting in Sussex County with the intent to drive organized shooting out of the county.

Over the years, the Board of Supervisors has consistently rejected similar proposals from the Planning Commission due to the impact on sportsmen, shooters and business in the county. This past March, the ordinance failed on a 3 to 3 vote.

Yet despite all the rejections, and without proper notice to the public, the Planning Commission has scheduled a hearing the rehash this proposal for Monday, July 11 at 6:00 pm in the General District Courtroom, Sussex Judicial Center, 15098 Courthouse Road.

While many of the onerous proposed regulations have been stricken from the new proposal, some, like requiring a minimum of one person on site with basic first aid and CPR certifications at all times, remain. The proposal also still includes an onerous approval process for new ranges. While existing ranges are grandfathered, if an existing range decides to expand or make changes, they will likely forfiet the grandfather status and fall under the new regulations.

This proposal affects not only resident gun owners, but anyone who may shoot at one of the shooting ranges that operate in Sussex County. Please plan to attend the meeting Monday and voice your opposition to this proposal and the Planning Commission’s attempt to ram through an ordinance without the public’s knowledge or input. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Planning Department at (434) 246-1043.

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