Supes put off new gun law
Gun lovers have a little more time to fire at will in rural zoned areas of Albemarle County. At last night's board of supervisor's meeting, supes decided they needed more information before creating "safety zones" of 200 yards around the dwellings of neighbors, so they're sending a proposed amendment to Albemarle's firearm law to a public hearing.
The move is an outgrowth of a controversial cat-shooting in the Bentivar subdivision.
"There may be some additional thoughts that could be worked into the ordinance," says supes chair Dennis Rooker, who explains that neither Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos nor Police Chief John Miller could attend the meeting.
Currently, the county code prohibits shooting on or near public roads and in any residential zoned area– but permits shooting in many of the subdivisions built in outlying areas. The issue attracted attention after he April 24 shooting of a family cat in the Bentivar subdivision in northern Albemarle.
Rooker says supes will likely revisit the issue sometime in October.