Campbell supervisors remove restrictions on firing pneumatic guns in residential areas – Lynchburg News and Advance

The Campbell County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to remove restrictions on firing pneumatic guns that shoot BBs or paint balls in residentially zoned areas of the county Tuesday night.

At the recommendation of Staff Attorney Kristen Wright, the supervisors changed the county’s ordinance to reflect the city of Lynchburg’s code. This change allows pneumatic guns to be fired on private property with the permission of the landowner in any area of the county, regardless of zoning. Previously, Campbell’s ordinance said owners could not fire the weapons in residentially zoned areas.

The ordinance change also clarifies the language for minors using the weapons, requiring minors younger than the age of 16 to be supervised by a parent or guardian and minors 16 or older to have written permission to use them.

The old ordinance was written with language that required supervision for residents younger than 16 and written permission for 17-year-olds but did not have any guidelines for 16-year olds.

A violation of the ordinance shall constitute a class 3 misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $500.

This change came about after Rustburg Supervisor Eric Zehr received a call from a constituent about the issue and suggested the county rewrite the ordinance to remove the restrictions. In the discussions about the ordinance at November’s meeting of the board of supervisors, Wright explained the original ordinance was written to mirror the state code, which contained contradictory paragraphs.

After reviewing Lynchburg’s ordinance, Sunburst Supervisor Bob Good said Lynchburg’s ordinance is “better, no question.”

“I would hope we can agree to be at least as liberal as the city of Lynchburg is as

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