City seeks input on firearms

Published 8:28 pm Saturday, November 7, 2009

The city will host a community meeting Nov. 10 to get input on local regulations pertaining to the discharge of firearms.

Earlier this year, the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries authorized the city to develop its own ordinances to regulate the discharge of firearms. The city hopes to implement the new regulations prior to the start of the 2010 hunting season.

The current ordinance states rifles of any caliber for the hunting of bear and deer in the city will be prohibited except in the Great Dismal Swamp. It also is unlawful to discharge a firearm or air gun of .177 caliber or larger in a densely populated area, within 100 yards of any structure used as a residence, business or storage facility without the permission of the owner; within 100 yards of any public street, except at a permitted firing range; or at or upon the property of another without permission.

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The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Kings Fork Recreation Center, located at 350 Kings Fork Road. People with questions can call 255-4032.