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10.13.06 Washington County Ordinance Threatens Gun Owners.


While this alert is very last minute, it’s important news for people who live or shoot in Washington County.

Alert gun owners have made us aware of a proposed “noise control” ordinance that may expose gun owners to civil liabilities.

The ordinance, which can be downloaded here proposes civil penalties for a wide range of activities that produce sound at over 60 (dba) from 7am to 10 pm and over (50 dba) from 10pm to 7am.

Although the proposed rule includes a long list of exceptions, there is NO exception for the lawful discharge of firearms.

Furthermore, any “private citizen may issue a notice of civil infraction.” Clearly the potential for abuse and harassment of gun owners is tremendous.

Public comment is being accepted through today, Oct. 13th, but we strongly urge that you make your concerns heard even if you receive this alert after today.

Written comments may be sent to:
Heather Robinson
Washington County
Dept. of Health & Human Services
155 N. First Ave.,MS#4
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Fax: 503-846-4928

You may send e-mail to <>

Keep in mind that politicians respond to constituents no matter what “deadlines” are proposed. Please let Washington County know that you want an unambiguous exception for lawful firearms’ discharge.