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(A) No person shall discharge, shoot, or fire any pistol, rifle, shotgun, air gun, pellet gun, or any spring or air-operated gun capable of emitting projectiles, any slingshot, bow and arrow, crossbow, or any device designed to propel a projectile by explosives or by air or by spring pressure within the corporate limits of the city, except the otherwise lawful discharge of a weapon on tracts of 20 acres or more under single ownership. For purposes of the exception set forth heretofore, tracts may not be combined to create the required acreage of 20 acres per tract and each 20 acre tract must have its own parcel number and not a combination of parcel numbers. In addition, this section shall not apply to the following:
(1) The discharge of a weapon by any duly authorized law enforcement officer while such officer is engaged in the course of his or her duties.
(2) The discharge of a muzzle loading weapon or bow and arrow on lands dedicated to and operated by the Columbia City Parks Department while under the approval and direction of the Parks Department and as approved in writing by the Columbia City Board of Parks and Recreation. The discharge of such weapons must take place during the hours that the applicable park area is open to the public.
(B) MUZZLE LOADING WEAPON as used in this section means any muzzle loading rifle capable of being loaded from the muzzle and is loaded from the muzzle or a “cap and ball” pistol that requires black powder or a generally accepted commercially available substitute for black powder.
(C) Any person who shall violate any provision of this section shall be assessed a penalty of $100 for the first offense and $250 for each and every subsequent offense, without consideration for the timing of the subsequent offense/s.
(1980 Code, §130.01) (Ord. 620, passed 6-27-1972; Am. Ord. 796, passed 2-12-1985; Am. Ord. 1993-35, passed 12-13-1993; Am. Ord. 2018-7, passed 4-24-2018; Am. Ord. 2020-6, passed 2-25-2020)