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An Ashburn man has been charged in the Sept. 9 incident during which a woman was injured by a stray bullet in Hamilton, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

William R. Hymes, 24, was charged Wednesday with reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 misdemeanor per Code of Virginia § 18.2-56.1.

Officials with the commonwealth's attorney's office say Hymes could face up to 12 months in jail or up to a $2,500 fine or some combination of confinement and a fine.

A court hearing had yet to be scheduled as of Wednesday.

The charge was served as a releasable summons, meaning Hymes was not booked at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, according to a sheriff's office spokesman.

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When there is a conflict between constitutional rights (bear arms vs life & liberty) regulation is needed. Many gun advocates selfishly think their 2A rights are more important that the rights of other to be secure from stray bullets, accidental discharges, or crazy people shooting up a place.


The 2nd Amendment is completely irrelevant to this topic.

Chris McHale

As a proponent of thec2nd Amendment and the Constitution in general, I have no issue with TV his charge.


This topic came up when I was running for commonwealth Attorney. The ability to shoot a firearm at certain distances from roads and occupied houses does not exonerate the shooter from being liable for any damage his shooting causes.

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