COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Work Session on Regulating the Discharge of Firearms
Discussion of alternatives to amend and update County Code regulating firing firearms in the County
Tucker, Foley, Davis
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
December 13, 2006
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
Due to a recent shooting incident in a rural subdivision and at the request of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Board asked that staff review the existing County ordinances and enabling authority to determine if additional appropriate restrictions could be placed on shooting firearms in areas where it creates a danger to public safety and to assure that the County Code was in compliance with enabling legislation. A preliminary draft ordinance was reviewed by the Board at its September 6th meeting and a revised draft was discussed at the November 1st meeting. The Board asked that staff prepare alternative approaches for the Board’s consideration and that this matter be placed on a future agenda for further discussion.
Goal: 1: Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents.
Staff has prepared the attached “Alternative Proposals to Regulate the Discharge of Firearms”. (See Attachment A) It presents possible definitions, exceptions, and regulatory options and six alternatives for the Board’s discussion. Each alternative has a brief analysis of advantages and disadvantages.
If the Board reaches consensus on an alternative approach, the County Attorney can draft an ordinance that would implement that approach which can then be set for public hearing.
An ordinance adopted to implement restrictions on discharging firearms will not have any significant budget impact.
This information and the attached “Alternative Proposals to Regulate the Discharge of Firearms” are prepared for the Board’s further discussion. If the Board finds it appropriate to regulate the discharge of firearms throughout the County except in the RA District and in RA Subdivisions upon petition, staff recommends Alternative 5. If the Board finds it appropriate to regulate the discharge of firearms countywide, staff recommends Alternative 6.
Attachment A - “Alternative Proposals to Regulate the Discharge of Firearms”
Attachment B - November 1, 2006 Executive Summary
Attachment C - Virginia Code § 29.1-527
Attachment D - Virginia Code § 29.1-529
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