The Westmoreland Board of Supervisors voted to restrict hunting and shooting firearms in the Glebe Harbor-Cabin Point subdivisions after holding a public hearing on May 8.
The decision came after citizens and members of the communities requested to be added to the list of protected areas in Westmoreland County Code 30-1 which states “The shooting of firearms or air-operated or gas-operated weapons in the areas in the county designated below is considered dangerous to the inhabitants thereof and is hereby prohibited.”
The ordinance only applies to localities that have requested the protection, advertised their request and held public hearings on the matter.
The code does not prohibit shooting by any individual in the lawful protection of his life or property or by any law enforcement officer in the performance of his assigned duties. Earlier this year the Property Owners Association approached the board with their written request stating that, “This winter there were a few incidents in our community of people discharging firearms and shooting at ducks and migratory birds in the water from their docks.”
During the May 8 public hearing Karen Dixon, who is on the board of supervisors for the Cabin Point/Glebe Harbor Property Owner’s Association and a resident of Glebe Harbor spoke in favor of the request.
Dixon said, “On that particular incident when the shots were fired I was very disturbed about this, because it went on for quite a while and not knowing where the shots were coming from and I had a dog outside and other dogs in the community, they were just howling, we were trying to figure out what was going on.”