Chapter 2.79
FIREARMS ADVISORY COMMISSION

Sections:

2.79.010    Purpose.

2.79.020    Created.

2.79.030    Composition.

2.79.040    Membership – Terms of Office.

2.79.050    Vacancies.

2.79.060    Removal from Office.

2.79.070    Officers.

2.79.080    Rules and Records.

2.79.090    Quorum.

2.79.100    Voting Privileges.

2.79.110    Functions.

2.79.120    Coordination.

2.79.130    Recommendations.

2.79.010 Purpose.

The Firearms Advisory Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity to the County Council and Executive on firearms prohibitions, restrictions and/or other recommendations relating to firearms. The Commission shall, upon creation, review all existing and proposed areas within the County where the discharge of firearms is or would be prohibited or restricted to determine if such restrictions are reasonably necessary and in compliance with state law, including, but not limited to, RCW 9.41.300(2). (Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.020 Created.

The citizen members of the Firearms Advisory Commission shall be appointed by the County Executive, and confirmed by a majority of the County Council by Resolution. (Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.030 Composition.

The Firearms Advisory Commission shall consist of nine members:

A.    County Sheriff or designee (non voting);

B.    Director of the Planning and Public Works Department or designee (non voting);

C.    Presidents of three County shooting clubs or designees; and

D.    Four resident, registered voters from the unincorporated County. The resident voters must provide documentation of a safety firearm class or Washington hunter safety class.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.040 Membership – Terms of Office.

After the Firearms Advisory Commission is created, the first terms of the members shall be staggered as follows:

A.    One resident registered voter and one shooting club representative shall be appointed for two years;

B.    One resident registered voter and one shooting club representative shall be appointed for three years; and

C.    Two resident registered voters and one shooting club representative shall be appointed for four years.

Thereafter, the successors to the first appointment shall be appointed to 4 year terms. No member of the Firearms Advisory Commission shall serve more than two consecutive full terms of office.

(Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.050 Vacancies.

Vacancies occurring for any reason shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term(s), or, if the vacancy occurs less than three months from the termination of a regular term, the successor shall be appointed for a full term. Appointments to vacancies shall be made pursuant to PCC 2.79.020. (Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.060 Removal from Office.

The Executive may remove any appointed member of the Firearms Advisory Commission for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or three unexcused absences in one year, subject to confirmation by a majority of the Council. (Ord. 2011-16s § 1 (part), 2011; Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.070 Officers.

The County Director of Planning and Public Works or designee shall serve as Chairman of the Commission. The Commission members shall elect a Vice Chair and Secretary. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.080 Rules and Records.

The Firearms Advisory Commission shall adopt rules of procedure before it transacts any business and shall keep a written summary of its transactions of business. (Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.090 Quorum.

A quorum for conducting official business of the Commission shall be four voting members. (Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.100 Voting Privileges.

Each member of the Firearms Advisory Commission appointed under PCC 2.79.030 C. and D. shall be entitled to one vote on any matter duly before the Commission. (Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.110 Functions.

The Firearms Advisory Commission shall make advisory recommendations to the County Council and Executive on:

A.    Petitions regarding the creation, dissolution, or amendment of areas where the discharge of firearms shall be prohibited and restricted. Recommendations regarding such petitions shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, determinations that the petition complies with RCW 9.41.300(2) and, in areas where restrictions appear warranted, whether or not shotgun use is safe and appropriate.

B.    Any proposed County legislation regarding firearms.

C.    Any other issues related to firearms that the Commission deems beneficial.

D.    The suitableness of shotgun use in areas where the discharge of firearms is currently prohibited.

(Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.120 Coordination.

The Planning and Public Works Department shall coordinate all matters relating to the Commission's performance of its duties, including administration of the meetings, providing required notice (including the notice before and after a prohibited or restricted zone proposal in a major local newspaper), requesting appointments and reappointments, keeping records of meetings and decisions, documenting the Commission's rules of procedure, forwarding recommendations of the Commission, and providing information needed to conduct its review and analysis. The Sheriff's Department shall also provide information that is needed to conduct the review and analysis. The Planning and Public Works Department shall prepare a report and forward the recommendation of the Commission to the County Council and Executive. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)

2.79.130 Recommendations.

The Commission's written recommendation must contain all concerns to be considered. Any oral presentation by a Commission member shall only be permitted to clarify the written recommendation and any presentation by a Commission member which goes beyond clarifying the written recommendation shall be considered a personal recommendation.

All written recommendations of the Commission must contain a summary of the Commission's action, and specify the vote on said matters.

(Ord. 2004-72s § 2 (part), 2004)