Loudoun County supervisors vote down efforts to regulate firearm discharge sounds

Loudoun County supervisors vote down efforts to regulate firearm discharge sounds

Leesburg Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D) speaking at February 2020 committee meeting. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted against a measure to evaluate the regulation of excessive sounds from firearms. Supervisors Juli Briskman (D-Algonkian), Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles), Mike Turner (D-Ashburn) backed the effort spearheaded by Leesburg Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D), but if failed 4-5. Opposing were Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) and Vice Chairman Koran Saines (D-Sterling) and supervisors Sylvia Glass (D-Ashburn), Caleb Kershner (R-Catoctin), Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge). Umstattd said a number of complaints to law enforcement prompted her to bring the proposal forward. Complaints came primarily from residents in the rural and transition policy areas of the county, though some came from more developed suburban areas. “I don’t want to injure anybody’s Second Amendment rights, but I do want to try to protect my constituents from this excessive noise that we don’t regulate at all — in any way whatsoever — and that disturbs them terribly,” Umstattd said. “They don’t feel safe, they don’t feel safe sending their kids out to play. So that’s what I’m trying to accomplish here.” As part of Umstattd’s request, staff would have been directed to consider if the sound of a discharge is audible inside a dwelling with all windows and doors closed. Other considerations include the proximity of the dwelling and/or residential subdivision to the areas to where the discharge of firearms can lawfully occur, information relative to the incorporated towns’ noise standards and firearm regulations and whether […]

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