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Board to consider discharge of firearms in residential areas

The Gloucester Board of Supervisors will consider an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms near residential dwellings during Tuesday’s work session, starting at 7 p.m. in the colonial courthouse.

The topic of prohibiting the firing of guns near homes was brought up by board member Phillip Bazzani during the board’s March 29 meeting. He said a resident had contacted him complaining about the frequent firing of high-caliber firearms in their neighborhood. A gun owner himself, he is a supporter of Second Amendment rights, but said that the discharge of firearms in residential areas is unsafe.

County Attorney Ted Wilmot said the best way to regulate where guns can be fired would be to place a no-discharge zone over an area to prohibit it. These zones already exist near the two sanitary districts and Werowocomoco. The idea would be to put a no-discharge zone in densely populated areas not open rural areas. The ordinance does not prohibit the firing of guns in cases of self-...

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