No action to be taken on proposed gun ordinances in Kitsap County

The Board of Trustees heard public comment on November 14 and decided to take no action on these matters for the foreseeable future.

KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. — The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners announced it will not act on a proposed ordinance banning gun shows at certain facilities and will restrict where people can carry guns.

The commissioners held a public meeting on November 14 to hear from the public on the issues.

An ordinance would restrict the carrying of firearms and concealed weapons to the public in the Kitsap County Administration Building. Another ordinance would restrict the possession, sale, purchase or exchange of firearms at Thunderbird Stadium and Field, the Presidential Gallery and Hall.

In the announcement, the commissioners wrote, “The diversity of opinions shows how polarizing gun regulations and gun shows can be but can also be used as an opportunity to discuss other important topics related to gun rights and public safety.”

The commissioners heard more than 150 comments from both sides of the issue.

“I’ve never owned a gun. I’ve never felt the need to own a gun. I feel like our public safety officers have done a great job protecting us. I want some guns. than in our county,” said one. Kitsap District resident said. “I would like to have fewer guns anywhere near my children, family, friends and loved ones.”

On the other hand, a Kitsap County resident said criminals “won’t care what legislation you pass” and will find other ways to buy guns.

“All you’re doing is creating a barrier for the people in your county who want to protect themselves and their loved ones,” the residents told the commissioners.

The commissioners announced on Thursday that they would not act on the ordinances at their upcoming December 12 meeting. But they will “reassess the proposal in the future.”

https://www.king5.com/article/news/politics/kitsap-county-withdraw-ordinance-ban-gun-shows-concealed-carry/281-a5ad6332-cae5-4148-9bc9-d5e6213b193d No action to be taken on proposed gun ordinances in Kitsap County

Edmund DeMarche

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