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Posted July 21, 2013


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Posted February 09, 2014

Politically Primed

By Charlie Ely

 Imagine yourself standing in a long line with your fellow gun owners, waiting to register your “Assault” (normal semi-automatic) Rifle and your “High” (standard) Capacity Magazines with the State Police. You know that just such a registry has recently resulted in the confiscation of firearms from law abiding citizens in a neighboring jurisdiction, but you don’t want to risk becoming a felon and going to prison in your own jurisdiction.  Am I talking about Weimar Germany just before the Nazi take over in 1933? No, I’m referring to the State of Connecticut just last week. Residents of that state had until January 1st to register their rifles and magazines to be in compliance with the state’s new gun control laws.  In nearby New York City, the police department recently sent out letters to gun owners demanding the surrender of rifles and shotguns holding more than five rounds. How did the police know who owned such guns? Simple. They had all been registered by their law abiding owners in compliance with previously passed laws. Similar scenarios are being played out in The People’s Republic of Californication and my soon be occurring in the state of Colorado. Think it can’t happen here? Think again.  The Astro-Turf group, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, has spent $1.9 million to buy enough signatures to qualify its initiative 594. 594 is seventeen pages long and is so convoluted that it may criminalize the loan of a gun to a friend at the range without a background check. According to the groups spokes persons it’s just the start of a drive to pass “reasonable” gun laws here in Washington State. The competing initiative, 591, though not as well funded has also garnered enough signatures to qualify. 591 is backed by a coalition including the CCRKBA, the Washington Arms Collectors, Hunters Heritage Council, Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association and the Washington State Rifle & Pistol Association and is a bit more straight forward. The entire text of I-591 is as follows;

 

AN ACT Relating to protecting gun and other firearm rights; adding new sections to chapter 9.41 RCW; and creating new sections.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 9.41 RCW to read as follows:

It is unlawful for any government agency to confiscate guns or other firearms from citizens without due process.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 9.41 RCW to read as follows:

It is unlawful for any government agency to require background checks on the recipient of a firearm unless a uniform national standard is required.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. The provisions of this act are to be liberally construed to effectuate the intent, policies, and purposes of this act.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.

NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. This act is known and may be cited as the “Protect Our Gun Rights Act.”

 

Both of these are Initiative to the Legislature. That means that if the Legislature does not act on them (the likely outcome), that they will go to a vote of the people at the next state general election. We cannot afford to lose this one folks.  If we do it may be the start of a long slide toward total gun probation.  To quote Brian Malte, national policy director at the Brady Campaign, “You will see the states make a big push on this legislation,”… “It would provide sustained momentum to tell Congress to finish the job.’”  Between Bloomberg’s billions and the lies told by the main stream media, none of us can afford to sit on the side lines. We all need to get behind a push to pass I-591. If we don’t, we may be the next ones to be standing in line to register our “Assault” rifles.

So put the beer down, turn off the game and get involved. Remember; don’t let lies and misinformation go unchallenged. Whether you’re at the firing line or the checkout line, speak up!

 If you aren’t doing so already, now would be a good time to pray for our country and her elected leaders.

 Until next time, I’d like to leave you with this thought from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)

    One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws.

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all”.

Charlie

Posted January 24, 2014

 

Washington: “Universal Handgun Registration” Scheme to be Heard Next Week in Olympia

On Tuesday, January 28, Washington citizens will get their first opportunity to testify on Initiative-594, a major gun control bill being falsely promoted as a “Universal Background Check” measure.  The House Judiciary Committee will take I-594 up at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A in the John L. O’Brien House building on the Capitol campus in Olympia.  The Senate Law & Justice Committee will take I-594 up the following day, Wednesday, January 29, at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 in the John A. Cherberg Senate Building.

I-594 is a universal handgun registration scheme being promoted by a very wealthy group of anti-gun elitists who have already raised nearly $1.4 million to qualify this initiative.  Although they describe it as a “universal background check” measure, it is not “universal” because criminals will never comply with the requirements.  It is; however, universal handgun registration.  Under I-594, every time a handgun is transferred, the person receiving the handgun will have their name added to the government database being maintained by the state Department of Licensing.

Further, virtually every firearm transfer - with very few and limited exceptions - would be required to go through a licensed firearms dealer under the provisions of I-594.  I-594 will specifically regulate transfers, not sales.  Under the language of I-594, in virtually all cases, a person merely handing his or her firearm to a family member or a friend cannot do so without brokering the transfer through a gun dealer with the accompanying paperwork, taxes and, in the case of handguns, state registration.  I-594 also doubles the state waiting period on handgun sales from five to ten days and extends it to every private transfer of a handgun!

It is critical that you contact your state legislators, especially if they are members on one of these committees, NOW!  Respectfully urge them to OPPOSE Initiative-594!  It is also critical that NRA members attend the hearings next week to show strong opposition to this misdirected proposal.  The media will be there watching and reporting who shows up.  We know that anti-gun extremists are working overtime to pack these hearings with people who would like to see your name in a government database!

 

Contact information for the House Judiciary Committee can be found here.

Contact information for the Senate Law & Justice Committee can be found here.

Please also contact your state Representatives by calling the toll-free legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000.

  

 

Posted July 21, 2013

Tuesday, August 6th is primary election day here in Washington. As this is an off year election without a statewide ballot, many of you will NOT receive a ballot. Those of you who do need to make sure that they are mailed early enough to be postmarked by the 6th. Ballots may also be deposited in one of seven drop boxes.( Click here for the drop box locations )

The race in the 26th district could decide who has control of the state senate. It pits appointed Senator Nathan Schlicher (D) against Representative Jan Angel (R). While Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club neither endorses nor opposes any candidate(s), it should be noted that Jan Angel has a strong record of supporting gun owners and their rights. She received an A+ rating from the NRA's political victory fund and has many other endorsements. Schlicher has no record on gun issues, but is the candidate of choice in the  Progressive Voters Guide :: 2013 Primary Election. Schlicher has also been mentioned as being in favor of gun control in the publication the  Daily Kos. The choice is yours to make, but please vote!

Posted July 17, 2013

  • County DCD and the Prosecutor's Office has been fined for being late with their brief in the appeal. Their "Brief of Respondent" has been submitted but will not be "filed" by the Clerk of Division II until the fine is paid. A copy of Kitsap County Prosecutor's Appendix to their brief can be read here.
  • KRRC's Opening Appeal Brief has been filed! Read Here! Special Thank You to the Club members who worked hard in aid of this work and especially to Brooks Foster, Brian Chenoweth and the Chenoweth Law Group for an excellent opening salvo!

Posted March 3, 2012

The Washington state Supreme Court has declined to review an October decision by the state Court of Appeals, reaffirming that the gun ban in Seattle’s parks is illegal. This order marks a final victory for Seattle-area gun owners, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), who had joined together to block enforcement of the ban.

"The Washington Supreme Court made the right decision in recognizing that the city violated state law," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. "This decision is a clear indication why it's critically important for states to enact strong preemption laws, to prevent local governments from imposing a patchwork of firearm restrictions."

The case of Chan v. City of Seattle began in 2008, when the city of Seattle and then-Mayor Greg Nickels (D) enacted a rule that banned firearms and "dangerous weapons" from city parks, community centers and other city properties. In 2009, the city added another rule that banned guns from parks where children are "likely to be present."

In October 2009, the NRA and SAF asked the King County Superior Court to strike down the ban as a violation of Washington's preemption statute, which forbids localities from enacting this type of ban. Specifically, the preemption statute says the state preempts the field of firearm regulation, and prohibits cities from regulating firearms—a position supported by an Oct. 2008 legal opinion from state Attorney General Rob McKenna (R).

In response, the city claimed the ban wasn’t a "law" or a criminal regulation, and that it was acting in its "proprietary capacity" as a property owner.

In February 2010, the Superior Court of King County struck down the Seattle rule banning firearms from city parks, including possession by Right-to-Carry permit holders. The city appealed.

In its Oct. 31 ruling, the Court of Appeals panel wrote: "We hold that under the plain language of RCW 9.41.290 and RCW 9.41.300, the City’s attempt to regulate the possession of firearms at designated park areas and park facilities open to the public by adopting the Firearms Rule, is preempted by state law."

The opinion further stated, "The Firearms Rule regulates the possession of firearms at designated city parks and park facilities open to the general public. [The case law on which the City relies] does not support the City’s position that RCW 9.41.290 does not apply because it is acting as a property owner and setting conditions on use of its property. Except as authorized by the legislature, RCW 9.41.290 precludes a municipality from regulating the possession of firearms at city-owned park facilities open to the general public."

Posted February 9, 2012

We have just received copy of Judge Serko's Decision in the matter of Kitsap County v. Kitsap Rifle & Revolver Club.  Click here to read the decision.  A special meeting for all members has been called  for on Wednesday, 15 FEB 2012 at 7pm. This meeting will be held at :

William H. Upton Naval & Military Lodge No. 206
F. & A. M. Of Washington
878 Fifth Street
Bremerton, Washington 98337

http://www.whupton206.org/


Posted January 10, 2012

This is the NRA Alert on Range Protection Bill 1508. Please read and contact your representative immediately!

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Washington Range Protection Bill Granted Hearing

Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee TODAY!

House Bill 1508, introduced by state Representatives Dean Takko (D-19), Tim Probst (D-17), and Kevin Van De Wege (D-24), will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday, January 12, at 10:00 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O'Brien Building in Olympia.

Shooting ranges are critical to competitive and recreational shooters, hunters, law enforcement, and for individuals who just want to practice for self-defense. Shooting ranges should be both accessible and affordable for everyone. Washington is one of only two states that does not have some form of a range protection law. There are currently several shooting ranges in Washington that are facing legal battles and burdensome regulations, which if not addressed, could result in their closure.

HB 1508 would ensure that shooting ranges are protected against civil liability and criminal charges related to noise pollution. Furthermore, this bill states that rules that regulate noise in the “outdoor atmosphere do not apply to a sport shooting range.”

We must create a groundswell of support for this much-needed legislation. Please contact your state Representative today and respectfully urge him or her to support House Bill 1508. You can reach your state Representative at the toll-free legislative hotline by dialing (800) 562-6000. To determine who is your state Representative, please click here.

If your state Representative serves on the House Judiciary Committee, it is very important for you to contact him or her directly TODAY. Members of the House Judiciary Committee are listed below:

Representative Jamie Pedersen, Chairman (D-43)

(360) 786-7826

jamie.pedersen@leg.wa..gov


Representative Roger E. Goodman, Vice Chairman (D-45)

(360) 786-7878

roger.goodman@leg.wa.gov


Representative Bruce Chandler (R-15)

(360) 786-7960

bruce.chandler@leg.wa..gov


Representative Deborah H. Eddy (D-48)

(360) 786-7848

deborah.eddy@leg.wa.gov

Representative Drew Hansen (D-23)

(360) 786-7842

drew.hansen@leg.wa.gov


Representative Steve Kirby (D-29)

(360) 786-7996

steve.kirby@leg.wa.gov


Representative Brad Klippert (R-8)

(360) 786-7882

brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov


Representative Terry Nealey (R-16)

(360) 786-7828

terry.nealey@leg.wa.gov


Representative Tina Orwall (D-33)

(360) 786-7834

tina.orwall@leg.wa.gov


Representative Ann Rivers (R-18)

(360) 786-7850

ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov


Representative Mary Helen Roberts (D-21)

(360) 786-7950

maryhelen.roberts@leg.wa.gov


Representative Jay Rodne (R-5)

(360) 786-7852

jay.rodne@leg.wa.gov


Representative Matt Shea (R-4)

(360) 786-7984

matt.shea@leg.wa.gov

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Posted September 19, 2011

Time is Running Out; Washington Hunters Must Speak Now!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has imposed a ban on the use of traditional (lead) ammunition for all upland bird hunting on all WDFW pheasant release sites across the state. This restriction was adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission two years ago but its implementation was delayed until this hunting season. The Commission adopted the restriction during the course of its 2010-2012 hunting season-setting process.

With this in mind, it is critical that hunters and sportsmen participate in the 2012-2014 season-setting process. The WDFW is now in the initial public comment phase of the process, which will end this Tuesday, September 20. You can bet that the anti-hunting extremists are participating in the process, so the importance of hunters and sportsmen participating cannot be overstated! Please see below for detail on how to submit your comments.

The current traditional ammunition restrictions pertain to quail, dove, pheasant and any upland bird hunted on the pheasant release sites. No scientific studies have been cited showing population-level impacts of lead ammunition on these species in Washington. Further, published scientific papers elsewhere admit they don’t know that there are any problems associated with the use of lead shot to hunt upland game. The WDFW seems to be acting on emotion and politics, citing the “potential” for problems associated with lead ammunition as the basis for these far-reaching restrictions.

The NRA believes that the current push to ban the use of traditional ammunition in Washington is part of a new strategy being used by anti-hunting and anti-gun activists all over the country to attack our hunting traditions and firearm freedoms. Traditional ammunition bans have a significant, chilling effect on hunting by pricing hunters out of the market while hunters’ ranks are already in decline. Having fewer hunters is a threat to the future of our hunting heritage and means less funding for wildlife and habitat conservation. The opposition’s “next logical step” will be to propose a complete, statewide ban on traditional ammunition in Washington. This is the pattern in other states so don’t think “it won’t happen here!”

Although it is too late to do anything about the existing restriction on traditional ammunition for this season, hunters and sportsmen now have the opportunity to demand that the restriction be withdrawn for the next three years and vocally oppose any further unsubstantiated restrictions on the use of lead in ammunition. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has adopted a traditional ammunition resolution stating that "state agencies should focus regulation efforts where population-level impacts to wildlife are substantiated." (AFWA - 2010 Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle Resolution) (emphasis added).. With no population-level impacts cited, it is time to tell the WDFW that emotion and politics have no place in wildlife management.

With that in mind, it is important for you to submit your comments and concerns to the WDFW. Your voice matters! Comments must be submitted by Tuesday, September 20. Please request that the ban on the use of traditional ammunition on pheasant release sites be lifted in 2012 and beyond, and demand that there be no further unsubstantiated restrictions imposed on the use of lead in ammunition in the future.

Comments can be submitted via e-mail, by sending them to Rene Henson at Rene.Henson@dfw.wa.gov; be sure to put “2012-2014 Hunter Comment/Concern” in the subject line. You can also submit comments via regular mail, please address your letter as follows:

ATTN: Wildlife Program

Hunter Comment

600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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Posted July 09, 2011

Kitsap County v. ALL Shooting Ranges!

Kitsap County Prosecutor and the Department of Community Development have proposed new changes to the shooting range ordinance that constitutes a take over of ALL private shooting ranges to conform to the ever changing political whims of bureaucrats that don't know a sear notch from Shineola!

Read the proposed changes by clicking here.

True colors are coming through as 2 ranges in the last 10 years have been eliminated, KRRC is being sued to be shut down and now the release of proposed rules that will make all ranges subject to political correctness and/or political tyranny. Sedition through syntax is once again being used to turn your rights into government granted privileges!

The Kitsap County Commissioners have scheduled 1 hour to hear about the proposal this next Wednesday, July 13 from 0920 to 1020. Call, email, and go to the Commissioners building to let them know what you think about the proposal!

For those that have a tough time opening the .pdf file above:

generally:

ORDINANCE NO. ____ -2011

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING KITSAP COUNTY CODE CONCERNING SHOOTING RANGES

WHEREAS, Kitsap County has experienced a substantial increase in population density in areas proximate to and within range of its existing shooting ranges and the County has an interest in ensuring the compatibility of shooting ranges with their surroundings and in minimizing noise impacts and potential safety hazards created by the operation of shooting ranges; and

WHEREAS, the Washington Constitution, Article XI Section 11, confers upon county legislative authorities police power to adopt regulation as necessary to protect the health, safety and well-being of its residents; and

WHEREAS, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners (Board) finds the requirement of an operating permit for the establishment, operation and expansion of all shooting range facilities will encourage recreational and educational shooting activities to be conducted in a safe manner; and

WHEREAS, the Board finds that the requirement of an operating permit will protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of land owners and users and the general public in the vicinity of shooting ranges; and

WHEREAS, the Board finds the Kitsap County Code does not presently regulate the hours of operation for discharge of firearms at shooting ranges in unincorporated Kitsap County and that the enactment of provisions governing hours of operation will serve to protect the public health and well-being of persons living in proximity to shooting ranges.

BE IT ORDAINED:

Section 1.Kitsap County Code Chapter 10.24, Article 3 is hereby amended as follows:

Article 3 – No Shooting Areas Restricted Firearms Discharge

Section 2. New Section. A new section is added to chapter 10.24 Kitsap County Code, "Weapons," as follows:

10.24.075 Purpose.

The purpose of this Article is to provide for and promote the safety of the general public by establishing restricted firearms discharge rules and a permitting procedure for the establishment

and operation of shooting ranges. The standards adopted herein are intended to protect and safeguard participants, spectators, neighboring properties and the public.

Section 3.Kitsap County Code Section 10.24.080. last amended by Ordinance 50C-1993, is hereby amended as follows:

10.24.080 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of the ordinance codified in this article:

(1) "Firearm" means any weapon or device by whatever name known which will or is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosion. The term "firearm" shall include but not be limited to rifles, pistols, shotguns and machine guns. The term "firearm" shall not include devices, including but not limited to "nail guns," which are used as tools in the construction or building industries and which would otherwise fall within this definition.

(2) "Shoreline" means the border between a body of water and land measured by the ordinary high water mark.

(3) "Ordinary high water mark" means that mark on all lakes, streams and tidal water which will be found by examining the bed and banks in ascertaining where the presence and action of waters are so common and usual and so long continued in all ordinary years as to mark upon the soil a characteristic distinct from that of the abutting upland in respect to vegetation; provided, that in any area where the ordinary high water mark cannot be found the ordinary high water mark adjoining salt water shall be the line of mean higher high tide.

(4) "Range" or "shooting range" means a place set aside and designated for the safe discharge of firearms for individuals wishing to practice, improve upon or compete as to their shooting skills.

(5) "Range safety officer" means a person or persons appointed by the operators of a shooting range to oversee the safe discharge of weapons in accordance with any conditions of permit approval and any other additional safety specifications which may be adopted by the operators of the shooting range.

Section 4.Kitsap County Code Section 10.24.103, last amended by Ordinance 50G-2000, is amended as follows:

10.24.103 Ranges – Permit required.

(a) The discharge of firearms shall be allowed on ranges which meet the criteria of this section. The property owner shall apply for and obtain a permit for a range. The application shall be

submitted to the Kitsap County department of community development (DCD). An application for a range shall indicate whether the firearms to be used at the range are of the rim fire, elevated shot or other type or variety and whether the proposed range is to be a private or public range. Upon receipt of the application, DCD or its designated agent shall inspect the proposed range to ensure the suitability of the intended use, taking into consideration the most currently available guidelines for ranges promulgated by the National Rifle Association. Notice of the permit application shall be provided as required by the Land Use and Development Procedures Ordinance (Title 21 of this code). In addition, DCD shall post the property on which the proposed range is to be located with a notice of intended use. No permit shall be issued for a range unless the proposed range is first inspected and approved by a certified range technical advisor or equivalent.

(b) Permit applications for private ranges may be processed administratively by DCD. Permit applications for all other ranges shall be processed in accordance with existing procedures for the processing of unclassified use permits.

(c) Ranges shall be divided into two categories as more fully described in this subsection:

(1) Private Ranges. A range shall be deemed a private range it if meets the following criteria:

(A) No fee is charged for use of the range or for membership in the group of individuals allowed to use the range.

(B) Use of the range is limited to family members and up to two guests of the property owner at any one time; provided, however, that the property owner may apply to DCD up to twice annually for a special event exemption allowing in excess of two guests at a shooting event.

(C) A permit has been issued for use of that property as a private range.

The provisions of this subsection shall be available to and apply equally to property being rented on at least a month-to-month basis from the property owner, provided, however, that both the individual renting the property and the property owner shall sign any application for a private range permit or special event exemption as to that property.

(2) Public Ranges. All ranges which do not meet the criteria for a private range shall be deemed to be public ranges.

(a) Shooting ranges shall be established and operated in accordance with an operating permit issued by the Kitsap County Department of Community Development (DCD). The operating permit shall govern the facilities and operations of shooting ranges, and shall be issued, denied or conditioned based upon safety and noise considerations on and off the range. The operating permit may establish conditions of use, including restrictions on types, locations and hours of shooting activities at the range. DCD may immediately suspend or revoke an operating permit

upon the Director’s finding that the permit’s terms have been violated or that any participant, spectator, neighboring property or member of the public has been injured or endangered as a result of range design, operation or management of shooting activities. No shooting range may operate without an operating permit issued pursuant to this chapter, except as provided herein.

(b) Each owner or operator of a shooting range shall apply for and obtain an operating permit, and shall apply for renewal of the permit annually. The owner or operator of any new shooting range shall apply for the range operating permit at the time of application for any necessary building or land use permits. The owner or operator of an established shooting range in active use at the time of enactment of this ordinance shall apply for the range operating permit not later than October 31, 2011, and may continue to operate an existing range pending consideration of the application. However, in no instance may any shooting range operate without a valid operating permit issued pursuant to this chapter after December 31, 2011.

(c) The initial application for a shooting range operating permit shall include a written evaluation of range safety authored by a National Rifle Association-certified range technical advisor not affiliated with the applicant, and shooting range for which an operating permit has been revoked must submit an updated range safety evaluation as part of an application for reinstatement of the permit.

(d) All shooting ranges permitted pursuant to this article shall, at a minimum, comply with the following safety standards and specifications, which shall be addressed in the application for a shooting range operating permit and subject to inspection by DCD or by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office upon provision of reasonable notice:

(1) Each shooting area shall be designed, operated and maintained to contain the bullets, shot or other projectiles discharged within the range property;

(2) Range site design features and safety procedures shall be installed and maintained to prevent rounds from escaping each shooting area, when designated shooting positions are used in accordance with range safety rules and standards;

(3) Plans shall be submitted with the permit application which depict the location of all structures, shelters, shooting areas, target lines, backstops, berms, parking areas and access points; safety features of the shooting range; elevations of the range showing shooting positions, target areas, backstops and berms; and approximate locations of buildings on adjacent properties. For each outdoor shooting area lacking overhead baffles, the plans shall also depict surface impact areas (or surface danger zones) and shall depict the approximate locations of public roads, parks, residential neighborhoods, schools and other occupied buildings within the surface impact areas;

(4) A safety plan shall be submitted with the permit application which includes rules and operating procedures for each range. This plan should include sign-in and sign-out procedures, restrictions on activities and the use of ranges, restrictions on rapid firing of

firearms, restrictions on types and calibers of firearms and ammunition allowed, training of range safety officers and supervision of range users by range safety officers. Each safety plan shall prohibit loaded weapons on the range, except at shooting positions and except for holstered handguns;

(5) All shooting ranges shall have at least one safety officer on duty at all times shooting activities occur;

(6) Warning signs shall be installed and maintained along shooting range property lines. These signs shall be conspicuously posted at intervals of at least one sign every one hundred (100) feet, and the range shall be fenced, where practical;

(7) Shooting ranges shall be used for the shooting activities they were designed to accommodate unless redesigned to safely accommodate new shooting activities;

(8) Each shooting area shall be designed, operated and maintained to minimize the sound level of noise produced by the shooting range which can be heard outside the range property. The operating permit may be conditioned upon the range adopting and following procedures or a plan to mitigate or reduce measurable sound levels which can be heard in populated areas outside of the range property;

(9) All shooting ranges shall provide a means for range participants and spectators to readily contact emergency services such as fire or medical aid;

(10) A range safety officer or other person responsible for the shooting range shall, within twenty-four (24) hours, report in writing to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and to DCD all accidents resulting from the discharge of firearms on the range;

(11) Ranges shall not allow the use of exploding targets, the use of cannons or the storage of explosives, without issuance of a temporary use permit; and

(12) In reviewing operating permit applications and conducting inspections, DCD shall be guided by the current edition of "The NRA Range Source Book" published by the National Rifle Association.

(e) Upon determining that the application for a new or renewed range operating permit is complete, DCD or its designated agent shall inspect the range operations and facilities to assess potential onsite and offsite safety and noise impacts and to assess the conformity with the permit application and/or with the terms and conditions of any existing permit. DCD shall inform the applicant of any deficiencies or corrective actions to be taken and may re-inspect the range to verify compliance with this Article.

(f) Application for a new operating permit or for renewal of an operating permit shall be processed and reviewed under the procedures for a Type I Director’s Decision pursuant to Title 21 of this code, except that public notice of a new operating permit application shall be provided within 14 days of DCD deeming the application complete and shall be provided in accordance

with the requirements of KCC 21.04.100 as now or hereafter amended. DCD shall post the property that is subject of the application for an operating permit.

(g) The operating permit shall be valid for a period of one year after issuance. The owner or operator of a shooting range shall apply for renewal of its operating permit not later than 30 days prior to expiration of the operating permit currently in effect.

(d) (h) Nothing in this section or any other provision of this code shall be construed as authorizing an application or a permit for a range to be located in whole or in part in an area designated as an area where the discharge of firearms is prohibited; ranges in such areas are expressly prohibited. Nothing in this section shall be construed as permitting the discharge of firearms the ownership or possession of which is otherwise prohibited by law. Nothing in this section shall be construed as permitting the discharge use or possession of a firearm by an individual who is otherwise prohibited by law from owning or possessing a that firearm.

Section 5. New Section. A new section is added to chapter 10.24 Kitsap County Code, "Weapons," as follows:

10.24.104 Ranges – hours of operation.

Shooting ranges may allow shooting only between the hours of 9 a.m. and the earlier of 8 p.m. or one half-hour after sunset, as published by the National Weather Service for Bremerton National Airport. A temporary use permit may be sought for any single use expansion of these hours.

Section 6.Kitsap County Code Section 10.24.105, last amended by Ordinance 50B-1993, is amended as follows:

10.24.105 Review committee.

(a) A review committee is created for the purpose of recommending to the county board of commissioners the appropriate criteria for ranges and for petitions to establish additional "no shooting" areas within Kitsap County. Such committee shall consist of seven persons as follows:

(1) The county sheriff, who shall chair such committee, or his designee.

(2) The director of the county department of community development, or his designee.

(3) The presidents of the Kitsap County Rifle and Revolver Club or the Poulsbo Sportsman Club, or their designees.

(4) Three citizens-at-large to be appointed by the county board of commissioners.

(a) The county board of commissioners may establish a review committee to develop appropriate criteria for regulation of shooting ranges, consisting of the county sheriff or the sheriff’s designee, the director of community development or the director’s designee, the

presidents of all currently permitted shooting ranges or their designees and, at the commissioners’ discretion, other citizens.

(b) Upon the receipt of the review committee’s recommendations, the board of commissioners shall set such matters for consideration at the next regularly scheduled public hearing or as soon thereafter as they may appropriately be heard.

Section 7. Severability. If any provision of this ordinance or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid or unconstitutional, the remainder of the ordinance or its application to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.

Section 8. Recitals. The recitals herein shall be findings of fact and are incorporated herein by reference.

Section 9. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately.

ENACTED this ______ day of __________________, 2011. ATTEST:

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

KITSAP COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CHARLOTTE GARRIDO, Chair

ROBERT GELDER, Commissioner

Dana Daniels

Clerk of the Board

JOSH BROWN, Commissioner

 

Posted April 08, 2011

  • Attention!!  Comments needed!  Please read:
  • Deadline Nears On BATFE Shotgun Ban Comments
    Friday, April 08, 2011

    As reported on Jan. 28, May 1 is the deadline for public comments concerning a shotgun importation ban that has been proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. A working group within the BATFE has recommended that any shotgun (semi-automatic, pump-action or any other) that has any one of 10 specific features should be banned from importation, on the grounds that such shotguns are not “generally recognized as particularly suitable for a readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”

    The features in question are a folding, telescoping, or collapsible stock; a magazine of over five rounds or a drum magazine; a flash suppressor or a muzzle brake that also suppresses flash; an integrated rail system other than on top of the receiver or barrel; a light enhancing device; a forward pistol grip or similar protruding part; an “excessive” weight of over 10 pounds; an “excessive bulk” of over three inches width and/or over four inches depth; a bayonet lug; or “a grenade-launcher mount.”

    The working group considers “sporting purposes” to be limited to hunting, skeet, trap and sporting clays, but not to include practical shotgun matches or recreational target shooting. To have considered practical matches, the working group said, could have led to conclusions that would undercut the BATFE’s 1989 and 1998 bans on the importation of semi-automatic rifles, and its 1993 ban on the importation of various semi-automatic pistols. The working group also indicated a reluctance to accept practical matches because they test defensive firearm skills, which the working group believes are of military and police orientation.

    Since the law conditions a firearm’s ability to be imported on whether it is “generally recognized” as meeting the law’s sporting purpose test, it is important that the BATFE hear from members of the general public. Particularly relevant will be the comments of people who use shotguns equipped with one or more of the features for hunting or any form of competitive or recreational target shooting, and people who adapt such shotguns to a sporting purpose by simple modifications, such as attaching or removing a flashlight, attaching or removing a forward grip, or installing or removing a magazine extension or magazine plug.

    Comments to the BATFE may be submitted by e-mail to shotgunstudy@atf.gov, or by fax to (202) 648-9601, and must be received by May 1, 2011. Faxed comments may not exceed 5 pages. All comments must include name and mailing address.

 

Posted January 18, 2011

Rep. McCarthy's Magazine Ban--Worse Than First Imagined

By James Wesley, Rawles on January 19, 2011 8:35 PM

Here is some moron more on Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy's recently-introduced magazine ban legislation. I studied the bill's wording and I learned:

  • The bill defines large capacity ammunition feeding devices as “a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition” (This is nearly the same as the now defunct 1994 law, but it does not exempt tubular or otherwise non-detachable magazines.)
  • For Post-Enactment Devices: Prohibits the transfer, possession, or import of a large capacity ammunition feeding device manufactured after the date of enactment of the bill.
  • For Pre-Enactment Devices: Prohibits the transfer or import (but not possession) of large capacity ammunition feeding devices manufactured before the date of enactment of the bill. This is a huge difference from the 1994 ban, which allowed the transfer of any "pre-ban" magazines or belts, under a grandfather clause.
  • As Sebastian at the Snowflakes in H*ll blog pointed out, the ban includes any magazine that holds more than 10 cartridges, even if it is a fixed tubular magazine. (The only exception is for .22 rimfire.) So this effectively bans transfers of even pre-1898 antique Henry, Model 1866, Model 1873, and Model 1892 Winchester rifles (and replicas) with long magazines! Ditto for Colt Lightning rifles and many other pump and lever-action guns. And ditto for Astra Broomhandle Mauser pistols with integral 12 or 20 round magazines. All these guns would be "frozen" from any transfer until the death of their owner, whereupon the guns would become contraband.
  • It also includes fixed tubular magazines on shotguns. It is noteworthy that many shotguns with ostensibly "7 round" or "8 round" tubular magazines actually have 12+ round magazines if you use the stubby Mini 12 gauge shells. (And remember, it will be the notorious "shoelace squad" BATFE that will be enforcing the law, so any guesses on how they will define the magazine capacity of your shotgun?)
  • It includes belts and links as "large capacity ammunition feeding devices". It also requires that any magazines or links produced after the ban goes into effect must have a serial number marked. (Yes, marked on each magazine, belt, and link.) For disintegrating belt links (those ubiquitous little black steel tabs) this would create a manufacturing nightmare for military contractors! Could you imagine stamping or engraving a unique serial number on each of the hundreds of millions of links that are produced each year? How would you fit that many digits on the curved surface of a 3/4-inch long 5.56mm M249 SAW link? Micro-stamping, perhaps?
  • Unlike the 1994-to-2004 Federal ban, there is no 10-year "sunset" clause. This law will be permanent!
  • The term "Transfer" is not adequately defined. Let's say you were to allow someone in your family or a friend shoot your rifle or pistol with an 11+ round magazine. Then that could be construed as a felony "transfer", even if you are present during the target shooting session.
  • The absurdity of this bill can best be seen when you consider that it will also control the magazines, belts, and links used for registered Class 3 full-auto guns. Who would ever want to buy a $7,000+ registered machinegun if the only magazines and belts available for purchase are limited to 10 round capacity? (The guns themselves could still be transferred with a $200 Federal tax, but the magazines, and belts could only be transferred if they held 10 rounds or less. And to be legal, any belts assembled from links after the bill is enacted would be limited to 10-round length. That is absolutely ludicrous.)
  • The "transfer" portion of this law opens up innumerable opportunities for inadvertent law-breaking. What about a soldier who accidentally brings home an M16 magazine in his TA-50 dufflebag? What about someone who bids on buying the entire contents of a storage space with a lapsed contract? If they bring home a box that includes just one 11+ round magazine, then they will have committed a felony with huge fines and a possible 10 year prison sentence.
  • There is no exception in the law for magazines belonging to retiring servicemen or peace officers.
  • There is no exception in the law for sales of replacement parts to keep magazines in repair. So if a magazine gets dented or breaks, then it becomes permanently useless.
  • Most importantly: There is no exception in the law for passing down magazines, belts, or links within a family, as gifts or bequests. Once you die, then your 11+ round magazines will become contraband, and any subsequent possessor could be charged with a felony. Your heirs might as well tuck your magazines in your casket.

Please contact your congresscritters and insist that this ill-conceived bill be vigorously opposed!

Posted December 27, 2010

Feds Seek to Implement Unconstitutional Power Grab
 
The Obama administration just can’t stop blaming the Second Amendment for violence perpetrated by Mexican drug cartels.
 
In the latest brazen attempt to circumvent the Constitution, Obama and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) are seeking to implement rules that will subject American gun dealers to even more onerous paperwork requirements. 
 
A new proposed rule will, for the first time, establish the precedent that licensed firearms dealers will be required (by administrative fiat) to report to the government the sale of two or more semi-automatic rifles that are .22 caliber or greater, can accept a detachable magazine, and are purchased by the same person within five business days.
 
In a move that bypasses the elected representatives of the people (the Congress), the new rules could be instituted by regulatory fiat as quickly as January 5, 2011.
 
This idea was concocted more than a year ago by New City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that only seems to focus on punishing legal gun owners.
 
Even worse, the final decision on implementing this plan will be up to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), headed by Cass Sunstein.  In 2009, GOA opposed the confirmation of Sunstein, who would like to ban hunting and allow animals to have legal representation in court.
 
This mandate will not only violate federal statutory law prohibiting a federal gun registry, it will also give the BATFE another excuse to harass American gun dealers, while doing nothing to address the problem of border violence. 
Drug cartels are financed to the tune of the billions of dollars.  They finance disposable submarines, tunnels between the two countries, and large shipments of weapons from rogue nations.  Cartels have bribed Mexican officials at the highest levels to the tune of millions of dollars, and have taken effective control of entire cities in Mexico.  To suggest that adding yet another layer of paperwork requirements to U.S. gun dealers will help to stem the violence is ludicrous.  This is simply another attempt to ratchet down on the right to keep and bear arms.
 
The Second Amendment is not the cause of border, drug-related violence.  And as violence increasingly occurs on our side of the border, Second Amendment rights become even more important for self-protection.
 
Gun Owners of America is submitting comments opposing these new rules and is urging members of Congress to slam the brakes on this proposal.
 
ACTION:  Please urge your Representative and Senators to oppose this abuse of federal power.  Click here to send a  pre-written letter that includes two specific steps that members of Congress can take immediately, and it also urges them to prepare, if necessary, to push legislation to overturn this unlawful act.
 
It is especially important for licensed gun dealers to take these actions, so please pass this alert on to your local gun store.
 

 

Posted September 1, 2010

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/01/obama-administration-reverses-course-forbids-sale-antique-m-rifles/

Posted April 1, 2010

http://oregonfirearms.org/alertspage/Outrage.html - (No Joke!)

Posted May 11, 2009

Commissioners to consider resolution selling KRRC the land our ranges sit on.

Posted April 09, 2009

KRRC beginning negotiations with County over purchase of 130 acres! 

Posted March 2009

Gun Owners of America does not sound the "Emergency alarm" often -- and when we do, we mean it. Remember the massive land bill, S. 22, that passed out of the Senate last month? It was expected to pass quickly in the House, but your opposition to an expansion of gun control contained in the bill forced it to be pulled from the floor. GOA has just learned that after some backroom deals, the bill is headed to the floor WEDNESDAY MORNING, without any amendments to truly protect your Second Amendment rights on National Park Service (NPS) land. You have fought the battle over the NPS gun ban for a long time. Unlike U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, which allow for state and local law to govern firearms possession, NPS land is subject to a complete gun ban for any citizen who does not hold a concealed carry permit. The bill coming to the floor March 11 greatly expands NPS land, thus spreading the agency's anti-gun regulations into more areas. S. 22 is actually a compilation of over 190 bills, many of which were never even debated on their own merits. Here are just a few examples of land expansions in the bill:

  • Section 5204 of the bill establishes the Washington-Rochambeau Route as a Historic Trail. This dual trail begins in Rhode Island and travels 650 miles to Yorktown, Virginia. The trail includes parts of major thoroughfares on the east coast such as Interstate 95 and US Route 1, meaning the gun ban could effect hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting gun owners each day.
  • Section 5301 authorizes the federal government to buy private land adjacent to national parks and trails. Such land would be controlled by the NPS, and thus be subject to the agency's anti-gun regulations.
  • Section 7002 makes the birthplace of William Jefferson Clinton a National Historic Site. Perhaps it's fitting that the legacy of former President Clinton, who was responsible for so many anti-Second Amendment laws, will include yet another "gun free" zone.
  • In all, the bill designates over 2 million acres of wilderness, establishes three new national parks, a new national monument, three new national conservation areas, and four new national trails. In an effort to persuade pro-gun Congressmen to vote for the bill, the leadership apparently agreed to one backroom change -- an amendment to protect hunting and recreational shooting. The compromise measure misses the point. The founding fathers did not, in their struggle to secure essential freedoms, craft the Second Amendment with the idea that it would protect hunting and recreational shooting. It is seemingly simple to understand, yet we have to continually remind the Congress that the Second Amendment is not about hunting! If we have any chance of stopping this bill, you must contact your Representative right away. The bill is scheduled to come to the floor before noon, Wednesday, March 11. Please don't let Congress sneak this expansion of gun control through the House under the guise that compromise language protects your Second Amendment rights. It doesn't. ACTION: Right now, please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at http://gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Representative the pre-written letter below.
  • ----- Pre-written letter -----
  • Dear Representative, On March 11, the House intends to take up S. 22, a massive bill containing nearly 200 separate pieces of legislation. This bill will greatly expand land controlled by the Nation Park Service, thereby expanding the agency's anti-gun regulations. There is compromise language being offered to supposedly protect hunting and sport shooting. That is insufficient, as the Second Amendment is NOT about hunting and recreational shooting! And while there may be some parts of this bill that you support for our state or our district, please do not give such parochial issues priority over my Second Amendment rights. I urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to vote against this 1,294 page bill until the leadership allows an amendment that will truly protect the right to keep and bear arms. Gun Owners of America will rate a vote for this bill as an anti-gun vote, and will inform me of your position. Sincerely,
  • Posted February 2009

    Gun Show Restrictions Proposed in Washington State!

    Please Contact Your State Representative Today!

     

    On Thursday, February 19 House Bill 2264 was proposed and referred to the House Judiciary Committee. 

     

    This bill would impose sweeping restrictions on our Second Amendment rights and set the stage for a ban on all private firearm sales in Washington State.  HB2264 would require that all firearms transactions taking place at gun shows be subjected to background checks, even those occurring between family and friends. Any violations would be a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison. 

     

    If passed, gun ban advocates will no doubt call for a ban on all private sales as well, as they have in other states.

     

    No hearing date has been scheduled and the cut-off date for bills to leave their committee is this Wednesday, February 25. 

     

    While the crossover deadline is on Wednesday, legislative rules can often be circumvented.  This is a serious threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and it must be stopped.  Please contact your State Representative and respectfully urge them to oppose this bill.  Contact information can be found here.

     

    Posted January 2009

    H.B. 45

    It didn't take long for the 111th Congress to get started with what they believe to be a mandate after the election. President Elect Obama has yet to be sworn in and they are already proposing legislation they think they can get signed into law. It is little wonder this legislation comes from the Chicago political machinery. Read this and then be alert, call your rep and let them know that you had better not see them vote for, much less sign on to, this piece of communist garbage! The price of freedom is eternal vigilance!

    Posted 09 December 2008

    Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels plans to ban Guns with no regard for your right to self-defense and In defiance of state law. Your Attendance is Critical! Let your voice be heard NOW! On December 15, 2008 a public hearing will be held in the Bertha Knight Landes room at Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, with sign-in beginning at 5:30 p.m. This ban will infringe on your right to carry in these areas:

    • All city owned property
    • All city parks
    • The Seattle Public library
    • The Seattle Center

    Please attend this important hearing.

    Posted 06 December 2008

    Good news for a change!

    WASHINGTON – People will now be able to carry concealed firearms in some national parks and wildlife refuges.

    An Interior Department rule issued Friday allows an individual to carry a loaded weapon in a park or wildlife refuge — but only if the person has a permit for a concealed weapon, and if the state where the park or refuge is located also allows loaded firearms in parks.

    The rule overturns a Reagan-era regulation that has restricted loaded guns in parks and wildlife refuges. The previous regulations required that firearms be unloaded and placed somewhere that is not easily accessible, such as in a car trunk.

    Assistant Interior Secretary Lyle Laverty said the new rule respects a long tradition of states and the federal government working together on natural resource issues.

    The regulation allows individuals to carry concealed firearms in federal parks and wildlife refuges to the same extent they can lawfully do so under state law, Laverty said, adding that the approach is in line with rules adopted by the federal Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Those agencies let visitors carry weapons consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

    The National Rifle Association hailed the rule change, which will take effect next month before President-elect Barack Obama takes office.

    "We are pleased that the Interior Department recognizes the right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families while enjoying America's national parks and wildlife refuges," said Chris W. Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist.

    The rule will restore the rights of law-abiding gun owners on federal lands and make federal law consistent with the state where the lands are located, Cox said. The NRA led efforts to change gun regulations they called inconsistent and unclear.

    A group representing park rangers, retirees and conservation organizations said the rule change will lead to confusion for visitors, rangers and other law enforcement agencies.

    "Once again, political leaders in the Bush administration have ignored the preferences of the American public by succumbing to political pressure, in this case generated by the National Rifle Association," said Bill Wade, president of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

    "This regulation will put visitors, employees and precious resources of the National Park System at risk. We will do everything possible to overturn it and return to a commonsense approach to guns in national parks that has been working for decades," Wade said.

    The park rule will be published in the Federal Register next week and take effect 30 days later, well before Obama takes office Jan. 20. Overturning the rule could take months or even years, since it would require the new administration to restart the lengthy rule-making process.

    From: http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/board/showthread.php?t=53259

    Posted September 2008

    Washington State Has Lead Ammunition in the Crosshairs!

    You think ammunition has gotten expensive??? Just wait till you see what your Governor and DOE have planned!
    Please Contact the Governor and the Department of Ecology Today!

    We have recently posted an alert about a Draft Lead Chemical Action Plan (CAP) that the state's Department of Ecology has released for public comment. We encourage you to read and comment on this document because it covers lead ammunition.

    The Department of Ecology has told those who have sent in comments that, contrary to what we say, the CAP does not recommend a ban on lead ammunition. Instead, they say the CAP recommends a voluntary use of non-lead alternatives.

    Here is a fact: Page 208 of the CAP states, Products that do not need lead and directly expose wildlife include wheel weights, small fishing weights, and some ammunition." We infer from this that if the CAP suggests some ammunition "does not need lead" then such ammunition should be banned and made from alternative materials. The plan includes a cost analysis of banning lead shot. If a ban is not a consideration then why is the Department of Ecology analyzing the cost of such action? Recommendation 9 on Page 235 of the CAP calls for a phase out of lead shot/projectiles. "Phase out" sure sounds like "ban" to us.

    We have been saying for years that "lead" will become the "asbestos" of the coming decades. You can just about guarantee that lead ammunition bans are on the minds of many people involved with the CAP project. Given what we are seeing in other states by environmental-leaning government agencies and legislatures, this is not much of a stretch. And with the discussion of green bullets in the CAP, it is doubtful that the next steps will be far behind.
    Examples from other states include California, where hunters were asked to voluntarily use non-lead ammunition in areas occupied by the California condor. Within two years, the request was replaced with a legislative ban on hunters' use of lead ammunition. In Arizona, the same request was made of hunters, but as soon as the California ban was signed into law, lead-ban proponents started their attack in Arizona. A symposium was held in Boise, Idaho on lead ammunition in June at which almost all speakers supported a ban on lead ammunition, regardless of cost, performance, or availability of substitutes. CAP is a preliminary step that will lead to the promotion of a legislative or regulatory ban on lead ammunition.

    Please take the time to read the CAP and provide your comments to the Department of Ecology and to Governor Chris Gregoire (D) by Monday, October 6. The CAP can be viewed by visiting http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/pbt/leadcap/. Respectfully let the Governor know that there is no adequate substitute for lead ammunition and that any affects on humans and wildlife do not justify a ban as recommended by her Department of Ecology. Governor Gregoire can be reached by phone at (360) 902-4111, by fax at (360) 753-4110, or click here to send email. The Governor can also be reached by U.S. Mail at: Governor Chris Gregoire, Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504-0002.