ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 3, 2016) – One major way residents can have a positive impact on the future of Orange County is to volunteer to serve on the various advisory boards and commissions.    

On February 16, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to create the Orange County Firearms Safety Committee, modeled after the Orange County Hunting Ordinance work group.  On March 1, 2016 the Board defined the purpose and composition of the committee. 

As a newly created Orange County committee there are 8 openings for Orange County residents.  Applicants must be Orange County residents who reside or own property in the unincorporated areas of Orange County. The committee will include representatives who own and use firearms and those who do not. 

The committee will also include technical staff representing the Orange County Sheriff, N.C. Wildlife Resources Department, County Manager, a Board of Commissioners’ liaison, County Attorney and County Planning Director.  This committee will have a facilitator.

The committee’s charge will include, but not necessarily be limited to: discussing the purpose of additional county firearm regulations, noise, lot size, cost, posting of property signs, and safety concerns; and reviewing similar ordinances in other counties and advising or recommending to the BOCC a course of action regarding firearm regulations in the county. 

If interested, apply at .

Applications should be submitted by April 15, 2016 with a proposed appointment by the Board of Commissioners in early May.

Orange County strives for diversity on volunteer advisory boards.  Minorities are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must reside in Orange County.  Volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners have an opportunity to influence the way of life in Orange County.

For questions regarding the Orange County Firearms Safety Committee or for additional information, call Thom Freeman 919-245-2125 or email  You may also contact Donna Baker, Clerk to the Board at 919-245-2130 or email .

 # # #