PS Item 3
September 25, 2017
September 21, 2017
Public Safety Committee
Drummer, Senior Legislative Attome~~
Expedited Bill 30-17, Weapons - Discharge of Bows - Amendments
Expedited Bill 30-17, Weapons - Discharge of Bows - Amendments, sponsored by Lead
Sponsor Council President Berliner, Councilmembers Leventhal, Katz, Rice, Elrich, Council Vice
President Riemer, and Councilmembers Navarro, Rucker, and Floreen, was introduced on
September 12, 2017. A public hearing was held on September 19.
Bill 30-17 would reduce the safety zone for archery hunters in the County.
Chapter 443 of the 201 7 Laws of Maryland (HB 313 ), enacted by the General Assembly
in the last legislative session, reduced the safety zone in the County prohibiting bow hunting within
100 yards of a building designed for human occupancy without the owner's consent to within 50
yards of a building. See ©4-5. The State law also added a requirement that a bow hunter
discharging a bow within 50 to 100 yards of a building do so using a tree stand.
County Code §57-6 prohibits bow hunting within 100 yards of a building designed for
human occupancy. Bill 30-17 would make the County law consistent with the amended State law
by referencing this State law. 0MB estimated that the Bill would have no fiscal or economic
impact on the County. See ©6-9.
Both speakers, Peggy Dennis, representing the Montgomery County Civic Federation and
Dr. Mark Eakin, representing the Animal Connection Deer Management Team (©10-11),
supported the Bill. They both pointed to the County's overpopulation of deer and the safety of
bow hunting in Maryland and Virginia. Dr. Eakin testified that an archery hunter would need to
be shooting down within 20 yards of the deer, and that his group of hunters has removed over 600
deer in southern Rockville and Potomac with a perfect safety record. The Agricultural Advisory
Committee submitted written testimony in support of the Bill. See, ©12.