Posted on: November 7, 2017

No Shooting Area Ordinance Amendments

On November 6, 2017, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners adopted two changes to the County No Shooting Area Ordinance.  These amendments were proposed by Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Haas, and Jefferson County Sheriff, David Stanko in order to clarify the ordinance and promote public safety. The ordinance was amended to prohibit shooting across or into a no shooting area.  

 One change applies to every no shooting area in Jefferson County.  Jefferson County Ordinance No. 02-0416-07, codified as JCC 8.50.030, was amended to read:

It is unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm or to propel from any portion of Jefferson County any projectile discharged from any firearm across, in or into a no shooting area established by Jefferson County.  This chapter shall not abridge the right of the individual guaranteed by Article I, Section 24 of the State Constitution to bear arms in defense of self or others.

The other change affects only the Chimacum Creek No Shooting Area.  At the suggestion of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, the ordinance to use GPS coordinates to delineate the seaward side of the no shooting area. The seaward side is now:  “Thence Northerly and Westerly, upland of the 0.0 low tide mark with a line at the mouth of Chimacum Creek between the following coordinates: -122.771 48.049D DD to -122.771.48.049 DD, within Port Townsend Bay to the True Point of Beginning.”  The attached map reflects that change.  

According to Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Haas, after passage of these amendments, “It is very clear now that shooting inside the mouth of the creek is illegal. While that has been the case since the adoption of the Chimacum Creek No Shooting Area in 2008, the amendments to the ordinance provide clarity for hunters and residents as to the boundary of the ordinance.”

These changes became effective on November 6, 2017, upon adoption of the amendments.

The Jefferson County Prosecutor, Sheriff, and County Administrator worked together closely on these amendments.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s input was instrumental in assisting Jefferson County clarify the ordinance.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to install warning signs and boundary markers to further delineate the boundary at the mouth of Chimacum Creek