Series 103 2002 ORDINANCES/RESOLUTIONS
Section 103-397; Ord. 17386; Amending Chapter 16 RE: Fireworks and Firearms on Recently Annexed Property
Ordinance No. 17386 Council
Bill No. B 250-02A
amending Chapter 16 of the City Code as it relates to fireworks and firearms; and fixing the time
when this ordinance shall become effective.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS
SECTION 1. Chapter 16 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia,
hereby amended as follows:
Material to be deleted in
strikeout; material to be added underlined.
Sec. 16-234. Fireworks and firearms.
(a) Discharging. Every person who shall
fire or discharge any gun, pistol, revolver or any
other firearm or air rifle, or shall use, burn, explode or set off any firecracker, torpedo, bomb,
rocket, pinwheel, fire balloon, Roman candles or any other firecracker or fireworks within the
city shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section.
(b) Exceptions to provisions of paragraph (a):
(1) Gun clubs, sheet shoots, target ranges.
The provisions of paragraph (a) of this section
shall not apply to the firing of firearms within the bounds of gun clubs, skeet shoots or target
ranges in the manner specified, and as authorized by the board of adjustment, after public hearing
and in accordance with provisions of chapter 29 of this Code.
(2) Permits for special shooting events and
fireworks displays. The city manager is hereby
authorized to issue permits for special one day shooting events or fireworks displays to be held at
such places as, in the opinion of the city manager, shall provide maximum safety for all persons
concerned, and under direct supervision and control of such persons as the provisions of
paragraph (a) of this section shall not apply to such authorized events for which such permits
have been issued.
(3) Fireworks in recently annexed property. The provisions of paragraph (a) of this section
pertaining to the use of fireworks shall not apply to any person using fireworks on recently
annexed property. Property shall be considered recently annexed property only for
three years following its annexation into the city and only if it was annexed after September 30,
2003 and only if annexation of the property was approved by the voters under section 71.015
(4) Discharging firearms in recently annexed
property. The provisions of paragraph (a) of
this section pertaining to the discharge of firearms shall not apply to any person discharging
firearms on recently annexed property (as described in subparagraph (b)(3) of this section) under
any of the following circumstances:
a. The person discharging
the firearm is otherwise lawfully hunting on an undeveloped
tract of land at least five acres in size and (unless the person owns the land) is in possession of
the written permission of an owner of the property to hunt on the property. A tract of land is
undeveloped if it contains no buildings, if it contains no more than one main building and any
number of lawful accessory buildings or if it contains no buildings other than buildings ancillary
to agriculture uses.
b. The person discharging
the firearm is target practicing in a manner that does not
endanger other persons or property.
(c) Sale of fireworks prohibited. Except
as provided in subsection (d), every person who
shall sell or expose for sale any fireworks, firecrackers, torpedoes, bombs, rockets, pinwheels,
fire balloons, Roman candles, toy cannons or any other fireworks of a like kind within the city
shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor; provided, however, that this section shall not be
construed to prohibit the sale of fireworks in wholesale lots by any person holding a wholesale
license to do business within the city for use or sale outside the limits of the city, or for use
within the city limits by competent persons under a permit issued by the city manager.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this
Code, any property annexed into the city
which was lawfully used for the commercial sale of fireworks at any time during the year
immediately preceding annexation may be used for the commercial sale of fireworks for up to
seven (7) years after annexation.
SECTION 2. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after
the earliest date on
which one of the annexations submitted to the voters on August 6, 2002 takes effect.
PASSED this 15th day of July, 2002.