Democratic Lawmakers Seek Broader Prohibition on Firearm Discharges in Loudoun

Democrats representing Loudoun in the state legislature are urging the county Board of Supervisors to broaden firearms restrictions following a recent incident in which rounds from a backyard firing range struck homes in a nearby subdivision.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shootings, which were reported Sunday afternoon. Rounds from the firing range struck homes on Indigo Run Place, Virginia Gold Lane and Foxtail Fields Drive in the Willowsford neighborhood. Investigators traced the source to a Lenah Road property, where individuals had been firing into a berm. The initial investigation determined the property was in compliance with state and local laws, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The case is under review by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

On Thursday, eight members of Loudoun’s General Assembly delegation called on the Board of Supervisors to outlaw the use of firearms in the Transition Policy Area. Local laws already prohibit the discharge of firearms in the Suburban Policy Area that includes most of eastern Loudoun. The transition area covers 22,813 acres, stretching from south of Leesburg to along the Prince William County border and is intended for low-density residential development.

The letter seeking the gun restrictions was signed by Senators Jennifer Wexton (D-33) Barbara Favola (D-31) and Delegates Jennifer Boysko and Delegates John Bell (D- 87),Karrie Delaney (D-67), Wendy Gooditis (D-10), Kathleen Murphy (D- 34) and David Reid (D-32).

They called on Board of Supervisors to take emergency action to prohibit the discharge of weapons in developed areas.

“While the Virginia code addresses the use of firearms and destruction of property, state code provisions are primarily designed to remedy injuries or damages after they have already occurred,” the letter states. “It is our opinion that the local zoning code better provides a mechanism to proactively reduce the likelihood of injuries or damages from stray gunfire occurring in the first place.”

“It is fortunate that no one was injured during this incident, but given that current rules do not prohibit this activity we believe immediate action by the Board of Supervisors is necessary,” the letter states.

4 thoughts on “Democratic Lawmakers Seek Broader Prohibition on Firearm Discharges in Loudoun

  • 2018-05-11 at 8:31 am

    Democrat platform 2018: Suppress your freedom and property rights — Raise your taxes and reduce services.

    Jennifer Wexton is a published liar. Favola, Boysko, and Murphy want to abolish Due Process protection for Virginians. Wendy Gooditis is a shameless hypocrite, and John Bell insanely believes you can buy a Bazooka at Wal-Mart.

    All of these people voted to steal your tax money and feed it to the failing METRO system rather than meet Loudoun’s critical transportation needs.

    And they want the BOS to take guidance from them?

    These democrat people have no grasp of existing law. The Commonwealth Attorneys office is the proper place to sort this out, and they have plenty of tools to address this issue.

  • 2018-05-11 at 7:40 pm

    This isolated instance is not a reason for 8 assembly people to get together, political football or comedy capers starring the democrats of Virginia is more like it.

  • 2018-05-13 at 10:37 pm

    Meanwhile in the real world, over 150 vehicles crash into deers in Loudoun county each year at a cost of $4000 in property damage per event on average. That’s a $600K tab each year as opposed to the few hundreds, maybe couple of thousands at most caused by stray bullets.

    Anyone who drives in the transition area sees deer carcasses on the side of the road all the time. The TR area is a low density residential area which is a paradise for deers. It is nothing like the suburban area to the east. Loudoun county has one of the longest deer hunting season in the nation because the deer overpopulation is a problem.

    These people are trying to tell us that banning shooting in the TR area is going to make us safer. It is a lie. No shooting means less hunting. More deers. More vehicle collisions. More property damage and a heightened risk of injury and deaths that yes, do happen in Loudoun county (just search for it).

  • 2018-05-21 at 8:29 pm

    I have absolutely no problems with legal deer hunting in Western Loudoun. Deer are a danger! My good friend Susan Farmer was killed by one on Rt. 7, near Round Hill, when the car in front of her hit a deer and the deer crashed through her windshield, striking her in the head.

    I do have a problem with gun laws that make no sense. It is totally illegal to carry on Loudoun County Public School Property and I think most of us would agree with that law. However, it is legal to carry on Loudoun County Parks and Recreation property. For instance, the Bluemont Community Center that offers daycare and evening care for kids, cannot restrict people from openly carrying on their grounds, even during the Bluemont Fair.

    I’d like to see gun restrictions that reflect common sense.

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