Agenda Item 12
September 19, 2017
September 15, 2017
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bill 30-17, Weapons - Discharge of Bows -
Expedited Bill 30-17, Weapons - Discharg~ of Bows - Amendments, sponsored by Lead
Sponsor Council President Berliner, Councilmembers Leventhal, Katz, Rice, Elrich, Council Vice
President Riemer, and Councilmembers Navarro, Bucker, and Floreen, was introduced on
September 12, 2017. A Public Safety Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled for
September 25 at 9:30 a.m.
Bill 30-17 would reduce the safety zone for archery hunters in the County.
Chapter 443 of the 2017 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.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 30-17
Legislative Request Report
State Law HB 313
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