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(A) Intent. The intent of this section is to prohibit the discharge of firearms within close proximity of buildings occupied by humans or livestock in the spirit of providing for public safety. In instances where hunting on public lands or waters are impacted by this chapter, a landowner can give permission for the discharge of firearms closer than 1,000 feet, but not less than the distance mandated by Department of Natural Resources regulations, of a building occupied by humans or livestock, but cannot solely control that section of public land or water for their exclusive use. In such circumstances, the area will be determined as open to all permitted hunters or closed, by the Chief of Police.
(B) Prohibited acts. The following actions are prohibited within the corporate limits of the City of Dayton:
(1) The discharge or use of a firearm within 500 feet of a building occupied by humans or livestock without the written permission of the owner, occupant, or lessee with the exception of all natural bodies of water including, but limited to, Diamond Lake, Lake Laura, French Lake, Dubay Lake, Grass Lake, unnamed lake on No. Diamond Lake Road, Powers Lake, and Goose Lake and that would remain at 1,000 feet.
(2) The discharge or use of an archery bow and arrow(s) or crossbow and all instruments used to expel by means of explosives, gas or compressed air, springs or elastic materials, a hard, solid missile or projectile, or bullet or pellet of any kind, including, but not limited to, B-B guns, sling shots, paint ball and air rifles within 300 feet of a building occupied by humans or livestock without the written permission of the owner, occupant, or lessee.
(3) The reckless handling or use of a dangerous weapon so as to endanger the safety of another.
(3) The aiming of any dangerous weapon, whether loaded or not, at or toward any human being.
(4) The discharge of any dangerous weapon upon, over, or across any public road or while within the limits of any public road or railroad right-of-way.
(C) Exceptions; lawful defense and law enforcement. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to:
(1) Any police or peace officer, sheriff, or any officer of the United States or the State of Minnesota or any of its counties who may discharge a firearm or gun in the city in the course and scope of his or her duties.
(2) The discharge of any dangerous weapon in the lawful defense of person or property.
(3) A landowner or a member of a landowner's immediate family may use a firearm for the purpose of protecting livestock from an unprotected predator, destroying nuisance raccoons, and nuisance unprotected birds and animals within rural areas.
(4) The use of bows and discharge of arrows on official city or county designated archery ranges.
(5) Minors attending a firearms safety program under the direction of the Commissioner of Natural Resources undertaken with the permission of the minor's parent or guardian.
(Ord. 2009-11, passed 10-13-2009)