Section 106-099; Ord. 18429; Amending Chapter 16 of the City Code as it relates to firearms


Ordinance No.            18429                      Council Bill No.            B 52-05 A           


AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapter 16 of the City Code as it relates to firearms; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  Chapter 16 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is 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):

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     (3)    Hunting.  The provisions of paragraph (a) of this section pertaining to the discharge of firearms shall not apply to any person discharging a shotgun, primitive firearm or BB gun while lawfully hunting on a privately owned tract of land twenty (20) acres or larger that was annexed into the city after February 21, 2005, subject to the following prohibitions:

a.    It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm in such a manner that the projectile travels along or across any street, building or playground.

b.    It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm at or in the direction of any visible person, domestic animal, vehicle, building or playground within reasonable range of the firearm at an angle that might allow the projectile to strike near any of these objects or areas.

c.    It shall be unlawful to discharge a firearm within three hundred (300) feet of any building or playground off the premises where the person is shooting.

    SECTION 2.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 21st day of February, 2005.