Published on April 2nd, 2015 | by The Kitsap Scene0
Kitsap County files lawsuit against gun club
Kitsap County filed a civil lawsuit today in Kitsap County Superior Court seeking an injunction against Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club in Seabeck. According to the county, the gun club failed to obtain a required operational range permit.
The Kitsap County Commissioners passed an ordinance in September 2014, which became effective on Dec. 22, 2014, establishing a requirement that outdoor shooting ranges obtain an operating permit, according to a press release from the county. Existing shooting facilities were provided a 90-day window to apply for the permit. That window ended March 23, 2015.
“Poulsbo Sportsman Club met the submittal requirement date,” the release states. “Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club (KRCC) did not.”
The county sent the gun club a letter on March 26 informing them they had until March 30 to submit the application, according to the county’s release. The gun club hasn’t submitted the permit application.
Additionally, the county continues to receive complaints of intensified shooting activities on the gun club’s property, according to the release.
“This ordinance is about bullet containment on shooting range faculties and protecting those neighbors around the ranges,” Larry Keaton, director of the community development, said in the release. “More importantly, KRCC participated in the ordinance review process and knew the impending date. Instead of complying with the County’s Code, they choose to ignore it. Kitsap County developed these standards to promote safe uses of shooting ranges. We believe that compliance with the ordinance would significantly address issues concerning safety at the site.”
The county’s ordinance requires outdoor shooting facilities to apply for an operating permit to operate a live-fire shooting range, whether it’s new or already exists. The new code requires information regarding the gun club’s activities, safety protocols and certain physical infrastructure, to contain bullets that could leave the property as a result of misfire, accidental discharge, or ricochet.
“While County Commissioners recognize the importance of shooting ranges for practice and educational purposes, safety is paramount,” the release states.
“Until KRRC submits its complete application to Kitsap County for an operating permit, the County will take legal action to urge the court to compel the club to comply.”