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(A) It is unlawful for a person to discharge rifles, shotguns, revolvers, pistols, guns, BB guns or other firearms of any kind within the city limits except in the following circumstances:
(1) The Police Chief may issue a temporary written permit allowing the use of firearms after reviewing the request;
(2) The person requesting the Chief’s written permission shall in writing state the purpose, time and place of the firing and the type of weapon and ammunition to be used; and
(3) When written permission is approved by the Police Chief, the expiration date shall be within 30 days after issuance and may be revoked by the Police Chief at any time.
(B) No person shall intentionally discharge a firearm in a reckless manner.
(C) A person who is granted permission to discharge a firearm for the purpose of harassing or dislodging roosts of nuisance birds shall take the following actions prior to discharging a firearm.
(1) Qualified assistance. The person shall coordinate the harassment or dislodging of nuisance birds with a qualified representative from a federal, state or local government agency with experience in dealing with nuisance bird roosts. The City Manager or his or her designee shall review and approve the credentials of the representative prior to the discharge of firearms.
(2) Public notification. The person shall notify residents or businesses that may reasonably be disturbed by the discharge of firearms. This notice shall be delivered by regular mail at least ten business days prior to the discharge of firearms, and shall clearly state the reason for the use of firearms; the expected duration of the use, both in terms of the number of days and the hours per day; and the name and telephone number of a city official who may be contacted if a resident or business opposes the use of firearms.
(3) Firearms safety. The person shall meet all state and local training and safety requirements for the discharge of a firearm.
(4) Injury to animals. The person shall not discharge a firearm with the intent to injure or kill roosting birds or any other wild or domestic animal.
(1999 Code, § 41.12) (Ord. 2004-23, passed 9-14-2004) Penalty, see § 10.99