Protests help table Sutter County's levee gun ordinance

Written by Ben van der Meer/Appeal-Democrat

An ordinance restricting firearm use on Sutter County levees drew such a volley of fire that supervisors felt compelled Tuesday to holster the idea for 45 days to allow more thoughts and comments.

The ordinance, which would've banned discharge of firearms or bows and arrows on a county levee, got a hostile response from many hunters, who believed the result would be fewer areas for their hobby.

More than 50 people packed the board chambers — many of them in camouflage-pattern hats — to oppose the ordinance they said the county had acted on too hastily and without enough notification to those affected.

"There's no reason to rush this through tonight," said Ed Worley, a state liaison with the National Rifle Association, one of three gun rights groups represented at the meeting. "The NRA counsel hasn't had time yet to review the amendments you've made."

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