Agenda Item 5A
June 10,2014
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
June 6, 2014
TO:
FROM:
County Council
Robert H. Drwnmer, Senior Legislative Attorney
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Discharge of Bows ­
SUBJECT:
Introduction:
Expedited Bill 35-14, Weapons -
Amendments
Expedited Bill 35-14, Weapons - Discharge of Bows - Amendments, sponsored by
Council Vice President Leventhal, Councilmember Berliner and Council President
Rice,
is
scheduled to be introduced on June 10. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 15 at
1:30 p.m.
Bill 35-14 would reduce the safety zone for archery hunters in the County from 150 yards
to 100 yards from a dwelling house, residence, church, or other building or camp occupied by
human beings. SB309, enacted by the General Assembly this year reduced the archery hunting
safety zone in the County from 150 yards to 100 yards.
Bill
35-14 would keep County law
regulating archery hunting consistent with State law.
This packet contains:
Bil135-14
Legislative Request Report
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Expedited Bill No.
35-14
Concerning: Weapons - Discharge of
Bows - Amendments
Revised: May 14. 2014 Draft No. _1_
Introduced:
June 10,2014
Expires:
December 10.2015
Enacted:
[date]
Executive:
[date signed]
Effective:
[date takes effect]
Sunset Date: [date expires]
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Laws of Mont.
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council Vice President Leventhal, Councilmember Berliner and Council President Rice
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(l)
reduce the safety zone for archery hunters in the County; and
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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:
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ExPEDITED BILL No. 35-14
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Sec. 1.
Section 57-6 is amended as follows:
57-6. Disc.barge of bows.
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(a)
Prohibition.
A person must not discharge a bow in the County:
(1)
from, onto, or across a public road;
into or within [150] 100 yards of a building or camp designed for
human occupancy without the owner or occupant's written
consent; or
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(2)
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(3)
from, onto, or across public or private property without the owner
or occupant's written consent;
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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.
Approved:
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Craig
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Rice, President, County Council
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Expedited Bill 35-14
Weapons
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Discharge ofBows
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Amendments
DESCRIPTION:
The Bill would decrease the archery hunting safety zone size in the
County from 150 yards to 100 yards from a dwelling house,
residence, church, or other building or camp occupied by human
beings.
State law was enacted this year to decrease the archery hunting safety
zone in the County from 150 yards to 100 yards.
Keep County law consistent with State law restrictions on archery
hunting.
Police, County Attorney
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
To be researched.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Class A Violation
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