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Council updates weapons ordinance

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

As part of the continued changes to Page’s dated city ordinances, Page City Council voted a redrafted version of the city’s weapons ordinance one step closer to fruition last week.

City Attorney Josh Smith said the wording of the old ordinance was redundant and did not comply with recent changes at the state level to firearm laws. Essentially, he said, the city cannot regulate an individual’s right to own or carry a firearm within city limits.

Under old ordinance language, it is actually illegal for anyone who is not a police officer to conceal carry a gun within city limits. Arizona law now allows concealed carry for any 21-year-old adult, even without a concealed carry permit.

The city can, however, enforce a state law that allows organizers for public events to disallow entry into their event for a person carrying a firearm.

State laws also do not apply to objects like BB guns or slingshots. Specifically, the old ordinance prohibited the discharge of a “BB gun, air gun, pellet gun, dart gun, slingshot, gas operated gun or other similar gun or instrument” within city limits, and council voted to move that prohibition forward with the new wording. Otherwise, all other Page weapons laws will be identical to those of the state.

For the complete article see the 03-15-2017 issue.

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