Washoe County looks at limiting target shooting for fire safety

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Board of Commissioners has approved a request from the Community Services Department to begin drafting an ordinance to the Washoe County Code that would limit target shooting within Washoe County when conditions present a threat for a wildland fire.

That happened at the county commission meeting July 10, 2018.

“Should we proceed, we can enact and limit discharge of firearms in congested areas, this would allow us to take that a step further,” says Assistant County Manager Dave Solaro. “If we move forward this would limit the discharge of firearms per weather conditions for a certain point in time.”

The ordinance would create a process for the County Manager, in consultation with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Fire Chief, to identify areas in Washoe County that are off limits to target shooting when circumstances allow for increased fire danger, such as the hot, dry and windy conditions the region is experiencing. Local fire and police agencies agree that target shooting is a significant contributor to starting wildfires. It is the suspected cause of two brush fires in recent days.

“This is a problem we are dealing with, this high-fire danger season,” says Commission Chair Marsha Berkbigler. “I’d like to see us have some ability to better control this particular problem.”

This ordinance would not impact target shooting in approved target ranges. The ordinance will come before the commission at a future date.

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