The Natural and Environmental Resources Committee met March 17 and discussed, among other things, an ordinance to prohibit the discharge of a firearm.
Below is the ordinance in searchable form:
Ordinance Regulating the Discharge of Firearms in Unincorporated McHenry County
Mr Vinton and Mr Mellem joined committee members. Mr Mellem stated that the ordinance was prepared at the request of committee members.
Ms. McCann questioned Section (2) b: which states: Residential Area. A “residential area” for the purposes of this ordinance is any area within 300 yards of at least 3 single or multi-family residential structures.
Mr. Mellem mentioned that this definition is verbatim from the enabling statute which was passed by legislation and allows the proposed ordinance to follow the law.
Members were informed that they would be able to decrease the numbers in this section of the proposed ordinance, but they could increase the numbers.
He interprets this section as a 300 yard radius from the firing of the weapon.
If there are three residential structures anywhere within the radius then the firing of a weapon would be in violation of the ordinance.
If a person is firing a weapon from their own residential area, their residential structure would count as the first residential structure and there would have to be two additional residential structures near their own residential structure.
Members were informed that a 300 yard radius covers approximately 58 acres.
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The law in question has to do with the distance from a home that one can hunt game. Legislative discussion when the original bill was passed in the 1970’s was limited to rifles. In 1993, the distance was reduced from the original number of feet to conform with legislation in surrounding states.