Louisville passes ordinance restricting firing of guns inside city limits – Knoxville News Sentinel


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It is now illegal to shoot guns inside Louisville city limits within 100 yards of just about anything.

The Mayor and Town Aldermen unanimously approved an ordinance on second reading Tuesday that prohibits firing a gun within the length of a football field of homes on public or private land without written permission from the land owner and adjacent land owners.

It also makes it illegal to shoot firearms within 100 yards of public parks, schools, churches and public roads or right-of-way. The ordinance change does not apply to self-protection.

Louisville Mayor Tom Bickers said Thursday the decision came after months of research and attempts to get public input. The aldermen made the decision in favor of public safety, he said, after numerous complaints about people firing guns outside of homes stemmed from multiple areas of the city.

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“People were telling us they were afraid and described hearing bullets from the guns whiz through the leaves on the trees … we decided it was time to be proactive before someone was shot or injured,” he said.

The punishment for violating the ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $50 fine and/or no more than 30 days in jail, depending on the severity of the incident.

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