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Commissioner Highlights Gun Laws as Hunting Season Approaches


Bernalillo County District 5 Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty is urging those who want to discharge firearms in the county to be careful and respectful around residents’ property and livestock.

“Whether you are shooting for food or for fun, we want to make sure the unincorporated areas are safe for everyone. Please visit our county facilities, like the gun range on the Westside or the archery range in the East Mountains, or one of our local private shooting ranges for your target practice. We at Bernalillo County aim for perfect safety!” says Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty.

Bernalillo County has a specific ordinance that deals with the discharge of firearms:

Sec. 54-31. - Discharge of firearms prohibited; exceptions; penalty for violation of section.

(a) It is unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm in the county. This section does not prohibit discharge of a firearm by:

     (1) Peace officers engaged in the performance of their official duties.

     (2) Members of the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard when such members are engaged in the performance of their official duties.

     (3) Persons exercising their rights of defense of self, property or others.

     (4) A person in attendance at an authorized hunter's safety course or an authorized handgun safety course.

     (5) A person engaging in the use of a firearm for target shooting at an established range authorized by the governing body.

     (6) A person engaging in an organized competition authorized by the local governing body.

     (7) A person pursuing legal hunting or trapping activities.

     (8) A person engaged in the humane euthanasia of his/her livestock.

(b) Upon conviction of a violation of this section, the weapon or firearm shall be forfeited to the Sheriff's Department by order of the court.

Violation of these laws is punishable by up to $300 in fines and 90 days in jail, or both.

Questions regarding firearms laws should be directed to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office at 505-798-7000.

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