1,227 VOICES Supporting Commonsense Shooting Range Regulations
Delivered to County Commissioners at November 5th Planning Commission Hearing:
1. No military training
2. No aircraft
3. No night shooting
4. 500-yard setbacks from public lakes and other shorelines
5. Security fencing
6. Sound barriers
THANK YOU, petition signature gatherers and signers!!!
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JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS pass RESOLUTION Unanimously on October 17, 2019:
Now therefore be it resolved that the Jefferson County Democrats urge the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) to:
• Abide by the decision of the Growth Management Hearings Board;
• Abandon the expense of an appeal to Superior Court of the GMHB’s decision;
• Request, as necessary, more time to work with the Community and the Planning Commission in facilitated community meetings to scope legal and enforceable regulations;
• Include county wide citizen involvement in the development process;
• Develop a new ordinance(s) which conforms with the individual right to bear arms;
• Define clearly what constitutes a commercial shooting facility;
• Conform the ordinances to all applicable Washington state and federal laws and include requirements for a full SEPA review;
• Require an operating permit;
• Place clear and concise “bright line” limits on the location, size, intensity and operating hours of commercial shooting facilities; and
• Include enforcement provisions and adequate safety measures.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Published in The Leader on 10/09/2019:
“…The December 2018 Title 8 and Title 18 ordinances opened up 76% of unincorporated land in the county to commercial weapons training facilities of unlimited scale and intensity. That is not the vision for Jefferson County that we and many, many others have been working toward. Fortunately for us, but unfortunately for the commissioners and county staff, those ordinances turned out to violate state law. It’s time to learn from those mistakes, and develop a policy that protects the land and people of Jefferson County for generations to come.”
New Moratorium on Shooting Ranges Takes Effect on September 23, 2019
Our work is not finished! TRC appealed two County ordinances concerning new commercial shooting facilities to the state Growth Management Board (GMHB). On September 16, 2019, the GMHB found the ordinances in violation of state law and invalidated them. A public hearing will be held within 60 days. The Jefferson County Planning Commission has been tasked with making recommendations for changes to comply with the Board’s decisions.
Here’s a LIST of additional ways to help TRC. Scroll down to sign our two petitions online.
Sign our petitions
TRC requests your signature on two petitions, both designed to stop Jefferson County from becoming the ‘go-to’ place for large, commercial weapons-training complexes.
TO THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS to implement the Planning Commission’s recommendations on the siting, design, and operation of gun ranges.
TO THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL to help the County respond to a blizzard of lawsuits.
When you sign, please share the petitions widely with Jefferson County residents and property owners who support TRC!
GMHB Grants Extension
On July 11th, 20919, County and TRC attorneys made arguments to the state’s Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) for and against the new shooting facilities ordinances. Watch the hearing.
Days later, the County and TRC jointly asked the GMHB for a 60-day extension. The extension is to provide for a reasonable amount of time to enter into settlement talks ahead of a GMHB decision.
The GMHB granted the 60-day extension and asked that they be informed of progress on September 10th. On August 7th, the TRC and the County met at the Courthouse. A TRC Board Representative and Legal Counsel presented our requested Title 8 ordinance changes to the County Civil Prosecutor and two Commissioners, in two separate meetings. We expect the County to respond to our requested changes sometime after August 25th.
ILLEGAL GUN RANGE NOW IN OPERATION
On Friday June 7, 2019, the Tarboo Ridge Coalition e-mailed Jefferson County Commissioners a letter citing County documents and file photos of Fort Discovery Inc’s illegal construction and training activities. Without any permits, the Corporation has charged ahead, clearing and grading, filling wetlands, pouring concrete, siting old and constructing new buildings and burying a 2000-gallon tank full of sewage from commercial activity at the outlaw shooting range. Even more serious, the corporation has built a 50-yard range along its north property line with gunfire pointed outward towards a low berm, neighboring recreational land, and State Highway 104. To date the County has not responded to the Coalition. READ THE LETTER.