THURSTON COUNTY: Meeting on firearms restrictions tonight

A community meeting regarding a proposed Thurston County ordinance restricting the discharge of firearms will take place tonight at the Thurston County Courthouse.

The meeting is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Building 1, Room 152, in Olympia. Representatives from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and GeoData also will be on hand to discuss policies, answer questions and take feedback.

The meeting was originally set for last Thursday but was rescheduled due to snow.

After holding several community meetings over the past two years and hearing safety concerns from residents who live near saltwater, the county has rolled out a proposed ordinance that would restrict the discharge of firearms within 300 yards of marine shorelines and entire lower sections of Henderson and Eld inlets. New regulations in higher-density lands are also included in the proposed ordinance.

Those who cannot attend the meeting can comment by contacting Thurston County Senior Planner Robert Smith by phone at 360-754-4023 or by e-mail at smithr@ co.thurston.wa.us.