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No Shooting Zone Citizen Petition Form Information
If you want the Whatcom County Council to create a no shooting zone, you should :
What is a no shooting zone?
It is an area within Whatcom County in which shooting is mostly prohibited. The Whatcom County Council has the authority to create no shooting zones if it believes it would be in the best interest of the public's health, safety and welfare. There are many no shooting zones in the County, some created as far back as the 1960s.
Is shooting completely prohibited within a no shooting zone?
There are exemptions that allow the discharge of firearms in a no shooting zone (see Whatcom County Code 9.32.090). For example, no shooting zones do not apply to the following:
Hints for completing the petition form:
Please complete the form carefully. If the Council approves your request and a substantial error is later found, your no shooting zone could be challenged. In some cases you will need the assistance of County departments to complete a section of the form. Sources of information or assistance are included on the form, for your convenience.
What happens after the form is filed?
After the petition is filed with the Council, an ordinance (proposed new law) creating the zone will be written and the Council will schedule a public hearing. The petitioner's representative will be notified of the date and time of the hearing. After the hearing, the Council may either approve or deny the request to form a no shooting zone.
If you have any questions about the no shooting zone process, please contact the Clerk of the County Council, at 676-6690.