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Date: March 31, 2015
Contact: Larry Keeton, Department of Community Development
360.337.5777 or lkeeton@co.kitsap.wa.us
No: 2015-029

Kitsap County files civil suit to enforce shooting range ordinance
Action taken to compel operating permit compliance

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County filed an action today in Kitsap County Superior Court requesting an injunction against Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club for failing to obtain a required operational range permit. In September 2014, Kitsap County Commissioners passed Ordinance 515-2014, which became effective December 22, 2014, establishing a requirement that outdoor shooting ranges obtain an operating permit. Existing shooting facilities were provided a 90-day window in which to apply for the permit. That window ended March 23, 2015. Poulsbo Sportsman Club met the submittal requirement date. Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club (KRCC) did not. A letter was sent to KRRC on March 26 providing until Monday, March 30, 2015 to submit the application. KRRC has not submitted the permit application. Kitsap County continues to receive complaints regarding intensified shooting activities on the KRRC property.

“This ordinance is about bullet containment on shooting range faculties and protecting those neighbors around the ranges,” Department of Community Development Director, Larry Keeton said. “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.”

Ordinance 515-2014 requires outdoor shooting facilities to apply for an operating permit to operate a live-fire shooting range, whether it is new or already in existence. The new code provisions require information regarding its 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.

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.

For additional information about the Kitsap County Department of Community Development, visit www.kitsapgov.com/dcd.

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Last Updated:  March 31, 2015