The Washoe Board of County Commissioners today passed a new firearms discharge ordinance that changes shooting boundaries on Peavine Mountain.
The new changes mean that shooting is now off limits in areas to the south and east of Peavine Road.
A few spoke in opposition to the ordinance saying it was unfair toward one group while benefiting other recreationists.
Others said it would be difficult to enforce.
“We’re not going to be able to enforce it,” said Commissioner Vaughn Hartung. “Signage is going to be a huge deal. I’m concerned that we’re creating more of a problem than we’re solving. Compliance is going to be a really tough scenario for us.”
Hartung voted for the ordinance along with the other commissioners. Commissioner Kitty Jung was absent for the vote.
Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler said: “I’ve been shooting on Peavine myself. We can’t legislate those who aren’t going to follow the rules anyway.”
She said the ordinance draws a clear line between where shooting is allowed and not allowed.
“In my opinion this is a step in the right direction,” Commissioner Bob Lucey added. “In the future this may not be adequate; it may be too much.”
Commissioner Jeanne Hermann said that there will be more than $4,000 in new signs marking new shooting boundaries.
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