The Board of Supervisors finds that a large number of beaches, dunes and river bars located in the County of Humboldt are being used by persons to discharge firearms for the purpose of target shooting. Due to some irresponsible, unsafe shooters, the properties located adjacent to these areas have become unsafe for owners, visitors, and animals, denying owners the ability to enjoy their own land.
The Board of Supervisors finds that the unsafe discharge of firearms for the purpose of target shooting is interfering with the lawful use of the adjacent land. Because of the proximity of people, occupied dwellings, livestock, and equipment, the discharge of firearms for the purpose of target shooting in areas not meeting safe shooting standards poses a serious hazard to the public health, safety, and welfare. In order to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the landowners and visitors to lands adjacent to these areas, the Board finds it necessary to prohibit the discharge of firearms for the purpose of target shooting in areas not meeting safe shooting standards. Further, the Board finds that target shooting in unsafe conditions constitutes the unnecessary firing and discharge of firearms.
This chapter does not interfere with the lawful hunting activities outlined in the California Fish and Wildlife Regulations, or target shooting on private property. The Board of Supervisors finds that the Humboldt County Sheriff is responsible for investigating unlawful shooting on public lands located in the unincorporated area of the County. (Ord. 2605, § 1, 7/24/2018)