Hearing For the Proposal on February 10

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Queen Anne’s County Ordinance Would Limit or Prohibit Shooting and Hunting Opportunities
Hearing For the Proposal on February 10

A dangerous proposal under consideration in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, would limit, or in some cases, close public and private shooting and hunting opportunities. There is a long tradition of shooting and hunting on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and proposed County Ordinance No. 21-09 threatens the future of recreational shooting and hunting. Specifically, the proposed ordinance would redefine “Shooting Clubs,” both commercial and private establishments, to prevent shooting clubs from operating on land that is adjacent to an existing or approved residential subdivision.

The Queen Anne’s County Planning Commission has scheduled a hearing for this issue on Thursday, February 10, at 8:45am. Following this hearing, it will go to the Board of County Commissioner for consideration. Please send an email and/or call the Board of County Commissioners and the Planning Commission, and respectfully urge them to reject the misguided ordinance that would severely curtail legal shooting and hunting opportunities in Queen Anne’s County. Contact information can be found below.

Board of County Commissioners


Planning Commission
John Shelton, Planning Commission
Clerk jshelton@qac.org

This misguided proposal does not take into account the numerous existing shooting and hunting facilities, both private and public, already in operation. Additionally, the language is vague and does not consider these businesses are operating in a safe manner. Public and private shooting and hunting operations have numerous positive impacts on the surrounding area by offering firearm safety courses to both children and adults, fundraising opportunities for charitable organizations, safe shooting and hunting opportunities, and jobs to residents which creates a positive economic impact on the community. Shooting and hunting remain to be some of the safest activities available when compared to the long list of other sports and hobbies.

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