Hearing set on weapons ordinance

November 15, 1993

A new ordinance on the discharge of weapons within the town of Hampstead will be the subject of a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in the Town Hall.

After the public hearing, the Town Council will hold a special meeting to act on the proposal.

Currently, the town code prohibits the discharge of firearms, fireworks and explosives within town limits. The proposed law would add bows and arrows and crossbows to the list of weapons that may not be discharged in town.

An exception to the ordinance would be made for the use of weapons on private property "in such a manner as to not endanger persons or property and in such a manner as to prevent the projectile from traversing any grounds or space outside the limits of such range or residence, under supervision of an adult."

Exceptions also would be made for approved shooting ranges, using a weapon to protect life or property or kill a dangerous animal, use of weapons by police in the line of duty and the use of blank cartridges in theatrical performances and military salutes.

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