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