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code <br />COUNTY OF JEFFERSON <br />STATE OF WASHINGTON <br />An Ordinance on Commercial Shooting Facilities } ORDINANCE NO. 12-1102-18 <br />in Unincorporated Areas of Jefferson County } <br />WHEREAS, the Washington Constitution, Article XI, Section 11, confers upon county <br />legislative authorities the police power to adopt regulations necessary to protect the health, safety, <br />and well-being of its residents; and, <br />WHEREAS, RCW 36.32.120(7) provides that the county legislative authorities shall make <br />and enforce, by appropriate resolutions or ordinances, all such police and sanitary regulations as <br />are not in conflict with state law; and, <br />WHEREAS, RCW 9.41.290 provides that the State of Washington fully occupies and <br />preempts the entire field of firearms regulations within its boundaries, and counties may only enact <br />ordinances as expressly authorized by RCW 9.41.300; and, <br />WHEREAS, RCW 9.41.300(2)(a) provides an exception to RCW 9.41.290 under which a <br />county may, by ordinance, restrict the discharge of firearms in any portion of its jurisdiction where <br />there is a reasonable likelihood that humans, domestic animals, or property will be jeopardized so <br />long as such ordinance shall not abridge the right of the individual guaranteed by Article I, section <br />24 of the Washington Constitution to bear arms in defense of self or others; and, <br />WHEREAS, local governments have considerable latitude in exercising police powers and <br />a regulation is reasonable if it promotes public safety, health, or welfare, and bears a reasonable <br />and substantial relation to accomplishing the purpose being pursued;' and, <br />WHEREAS, due to the amount of land in Jefferson County owned by the federal and state <br />governments, areas of protected shorelines, and limited water and septic capacity in other areas of <br />Jefferson County, there are limited areas where residents can live; and, <br />WHEREAS, Jefferson County has experienced a substantial increase in population density <br />in areas proximate to its established commercial shooting facilities and Jefferson County has an <br />interest in ensuring the compatibility of commercial shooting facilities with their surroundings and <br />in minimizing potential safety hazards created by the operation of commercial shooting facilities; <br />and, <br />WHEREAS, public complaints about lack of safety and land use compatibility issues <br />arising from the operation of commercial shooting facilities in unincorporated Jefferson County <br />have called on the scarce resources of Jefferson County's emergency management system and the <br />Sheriffs Office, which has the effect of diminishing the availability of these resources for <br />emergency services; and, <br />' City of Seattle v. Montana, 129 Wash.2d 583,591-92 (1996). <br />1 of 41 <br />