No Shoot Zone

Santa Cruz Supervisors ban gun use in Corralitos; Eureka Canyon area declared ‘no shoot zone’

by Shanna McCord, Santa Cruz Sentinel  |  published on November 24, 2012

CORRALITOS — County supervisors have created a “no-shoot zone” in rural South County, effectively banning the use of guns on a large swath of private property in the area of upper Eureka Canyon Road, Dove Lane and Highland Way.

Supervisor Ellen Pirie led the charge to prohibit the discharge of firearms after a group of Corralitos residents approached her in September with complaints of feeling unsafe in their homes and being subjected to “loud explosions” sometimes lasting several hours.

Supervisors voted 4-1 after a public hearing on Tuesday, which included a number of Corralitos residents against the ban.

Supervisor Greg Caput was the lone dissenter, saying the proposal felt rushed and unnecessary due to existing laws governing gun use.

The new ban impacts 109 properties.

“I think a fundamental part of having a home is to be able to feel safe and enjoy it,” Pirie said. “Not necessarily in complete quiet but certainly not with gunfire on a regular basis.”

Opponents of the ban say property owners should be able to shoot wild pigs who threaten to destroy their land, as well as use gunfire to scare away crows and other critters. Some said they simply want to practice target shooting.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office reviewed Pirie’s proposal for establishing the no-shoot zone and opted to take a neutral position.

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