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New Leon County Gun Laws

By: Ashley Mitchem Email
By: Ashley Mitchem Email

Today commissioners say they aren't going to put up with pressure from the state any longer. They are going to take action against the laws they voted for because they don't agree with them.

People are now allowed to carry weapons into Leon County parks.
They are also allowed to shoot them, whether it's for hunting or self-defense.

Some people don't see the big deal and think it won't make the crime rate go up. They say the "bad guys" are already bringing weapons into parks.

There are a handful of new laws that were passed Tuesday night.
Those laws involve a more lax use of weapons and a lifted ban on a noise ordinance.

Commissioners plan to fight those as well.
As for now, commissioners ask that the public be aware of these new laws for their own safety.

The commissioners voted to repeal three laws Tuesday:

Section 13-56: "The discharging within any park of a firearm, air rifle, air gun, slingshot, bow and arrow, spear gun, or any other instrument that discharges projectiles is prohibited. Hunting, trapping or the pursuit of wildlife is prohibited on all park property. Shooting into park areas from beyond park boundaries is prohibited."

Section 12-1: "No person shall hunt or shoot any wildlife upon or over the right-of-way of any county road or any county maintained road; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to any person lawfully defending life or property or performing official duties requiring the discharge of weapons."

Section 12-2: "No person shall discharge any weapon on, across or over the right-of-way of any county road or any county maintained road; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to any person lawfully defending life or property or performing official duties requiring the discharge of weapons."

The county also amended two laws. One removes language in the noise ordinance that the discharge of firearms during legal hunting is exempt only in rural areas. The other removes language that firearm sales can be suspended or limited during the activation of disaster emergency activities.


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