North Pole council discovers lack of local firearm ordinance

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002

NORTH POLE - City council members considering a night noise ordinance scrambled into action last week after discovering there was no local law prohibiting the firing of guns within city limits.

The council is considering a noise ordinance aimed at barking dogs and loud music. The measure would require quiet hours in the city between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekends.

The gun issue came up after a resident complained to Mayor Jeff Jacobson about his neighbors shooting animals within city limits - which is not now prohibited by ordinance.

"There was nothing on the books," the mayor said.

Since guns make loud noises, a provision against discharging firearms was added to the proposed noise ordinance.

But after discussion, council members pulled the firearm segment. The mayor said after the meeting he will reintroduce the amendment as an ordnance.

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