Expedited Bill No.            35-14            

Concerning: Weapons – Discharge of Bows - Amendments                                  

Revised:    May 14, 2014   Draft No. 1  

Introduced:      June 10, 2014                

Enacted:         July 29, 2014                 

Executive:       August 5, 2014              

Effective:        August 5, 2014              

Sunset Date:  None                             

Ch.    27   , Laws of Mont. Co.    2014    


County Council

For Montgomery County, Maryland


By: Council Vice President Leventhal, Councilmember Berliner and Council President Rice



            (1)        reduce the safety zone for archery hunters in the County; and

            (2)        generally amend the laws governing the discharge of bows.



By amending

            Montgomery County Code

            Chapter 57, Weapons

            Section 57-6



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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:

          Sec. 1.  Section 57-6 is amended as follows:

57-6.  Discharge of bows.

(a)     Prohibition.  A person must not discharge a bow in the County:

(1)     from, onto, or across a public road;

(2)     into or within [150] 100 yards of a building or camp designed for human occupancy without the owner or occupant's written consent; or

(3)     from, onto, or across public or private property without the owner or occupant's written consent;

(b)     Exception.  Subsection (a) does not apply to target archery practiced in compliance with safety guidelines established in regulations adopted under method (2).

            Sec. 2.         Expedited Effective Date.

          The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate protection of the public interest.  This Act takes effect on the date on which it becomes law.