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Virginia: York County Expands Scope of Discharge Ban

Thursday, June 17, 2010

At their June 15 meeting, the York County Board of Supervisors voted 5 to 0 to approve Ordinance No. 09-8(R3), adding additional sub-divisions to the list of places where the discharge of a firearm is prohibited while providing exceptions to law enforcement officers, animal wardens and game wardens in the line of duty, military personnel in the line of duty,  the discharge of firearms on firing ranges or target ranges operating in conformance with the county’s zoning regulations, the discharge of a firearm in conjunction with a managed hunt to control the deer population pursuant to Code of Virginia section 29.1-529, and any discharge of a firearm in lawful defense of property or persons or to kill a dangerous or destructive  animal.

The Board also approved amending their current code by deleting restrictions on pneumatic gun discharges.

A major issue of contention that is still yet to be resolved was the proposed amendment to the county code which will prohibit the discharge within of a firearm 1,000 feet of any school property without first notifying the Principal, Vice-Principal or the Principal’s office staff through direct oral communication. The Board has decided that more discussion is warranted on the issue and plan to bring this section up for further discussion in July.

Thank you to all of those who attended or called in opposition to this ordinance. The NRA will keep you up to date on any changes and will notify you if further discharge regulations brought up in York County.

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