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9.60.020. Discharging firearms

            (1)        It is unlawful for any person to discharge any gun, rifle, or pistol within the City limits, except:

                        (a)        in self defense when legally allowed to do so;

                        (b)        by any peace officer in the discharge of his duty;

                        (c)        in the case of target shooting, if in a proper place and breastwork or battery for the protection of the citizens has been erected, and written approval of such structure has been given by the Police Chief;

                        (d)        in the case of shooting wild animals that have been secured or captured in a cage or other device, when the animal is discovered on property that is designated for agricultural use, at a location that is more than six hundred feet (600') from any building, where the shooting is not in a direction and distance that would endanger persons, property, or motorists and provided that the person discharging the firearm has received written approval to do so by the City's Police Department.  For the purpose of this Subsection, "wild animals" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 8.01.010 of the Layton Municipal Code.  Authorization under this Subsection shall not exceed the limits of the written permission granted by the City's Police Department, nor does this authorization relieve any person for any damage or injury resulting from said shooting; and

                        (e)        in the case of the lawful slaughter of livestock in an area designated for agricultural use, for personal consumption, at a location that is more than six hundred feet (600') from any building, where the shooting is not in a direction and distance that would endanger persons, property, or motorists and provided that the person discharging the firearm has received written approval to do so by the City's Police Department.

            (2)        Shotguns may be discharged if the discharge is not within six hundred feet (600') of a building and is not in such a direction and distance that it would endanger motorists, and as long as the shotguns are discharged only during a special hunt where written permission has been given by the appropriate state agency authorizing out-of-season hunting with shotguns.


Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 99-13, Amended, 2/18/1999
Ord. No. 07-35, Amended, 10/18/2007
Ord. No. 10-01, Amended, 6/3/2010
Ord. No. 863, Enacted, 3/7/1991

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