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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Date: August 27, 2015
Contact: Christine Palmer, Deputy Prosecutor
360.337.7004 or cpalmer@co.kitsap.wa.us

No: 2015-092

Public Statement Regarding KRRC Proposed Stipulation

(Port Orchard, WA) - On July 29, representatives from Kitsap County and Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club (KRRC) met to hear the Club’s proposal to reopen the range and avoid continuing the current litigation. This meeting was requested by the Club. Commissioner Rob Gelder and Prosecutor Tina Robinson represented Kitsap County while two members of KRRC’s leadership presented the Club’s proposal. Attorneys for both organizations were also present.

Prior to the meeting, ground rules were established that stated the intended purpose of the meeting was to hear the Club’s proposals and no promises or decisions would be made by Kitsap County. At the meeting, Commissioner Gelder reiterated this position and that Kitsap County’s representatives were there to listen and observe. The discussions at this meeting centered primarily on one topic—is there a course of action, that is agreeable to both sides, that will result in compliance with the substantive requirements of the shooting range ordinance?

At the end of the meeting, KRRC offered to create a proposal that would attempt to answer this fundamental question. KRRC also agreed to provide the Board with information showing the extent to which it is currently meeting the substantive requirements of the ordinance. Several days later, KRRC gave the Prosecutor’s Office a proposed stipulation in which Kitsap County would agree to lift the injunction. Kitsap County responded by stating the proposed stipulation does not meet the expectations established at the July 29th meeting. The stipulation failed to address a core principle of the shooting range ordinance – identifying physical remedies to prevent errant rounds from leaving shooting range property. Kitsap County’s additional concern is that KRRC has not yet provided all the information it repeatedly promises, including documents referenced in the stipulation. A month after the meeting, Kitsap County has yet to receive this information.

While both parties expressed a desire to work collaboratively with each other to explore potential paths to compliance, there was no promise to lift the injunction without controls to physically prevent bullets from leaving the range. Similarly, there was no promise to waive any of the substantive requirements of the ordinance.

To show good faith, Kitsap County agreed to move its Motion for Permanent Injunction to November in order to provide KRRC the opportunity to submit the documents it agreed to on July 29th. The Board and the Prosecutor agreed that, given the importance of the services offered by safe and compliant shooting ranges, the entire community stood to benefit from a potential building of relationships and a cooperative effort to safeguarding the community. It is still unclear whether this potential exists. KRRC has yet to follow through on the commitments KRRC leadership expressed at the July 29 meeting. Regardless, the community can be assured that the Board and the Prosecutor take their obligation to the public very seriously and that any and all decisions involving this case are guided by two objectives: the safety of the community and compliance with the law.


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Last Updated: 
August 27, 2015