Firing a Gun Within City LimitsPosted by on Monday, August 13th, 2012
In most towns, you cannot discharge a firearm. You can’t just do some target practice, hunt, or shoot an animal. The reason for this is obvious — there are other people living in close proximity who either may be disturbed by the noise or even hit by stray projectiles. So, to prevent this type of behavior, most municipalities have instituted a code which states that you cannot discharge a firearm within the city limits.
In my town it reads:
No person shall discharge any firearm in the city unless that person is a police officer or citizen acting under necessity.
Of course, the police officers should also only be acting under necessity, so that exception to the rule does not need to be there.
A woman in Kansas City, Kansas has found out that the exceptions to the rule don’t apply to her. Of course, I assume the Kansas City police don’t get tickets for firing their guns in town and that there is some provision to allow for personal protection.
It was early Saturday when Beck says she saw a stranger climbing over her backyard fence. Beck says when he lunged at her, she shot at him with the .22 pistol she happened to be carrying.
Of course, this is just her testimony, but I would think that a stranger climbing your fence and lunging at you would be a good enough reason to think that your safety may be in jeopardy.
The article goes on:
“I’m relieved I had my gun, because if not I don’t know what would’ve happened to me,” said Beck.
So Beck wasn’t at all happy when FOX 4 told her police records indicate she’d been given a summons for criminal use of a weapon. A KCK Police Department public information officer told FOX 4 that according to their report, Beck told police she fired the weapon into the ground after the man turned to run away – something Beck denies saying.
“If I shot it in the ground, they would’ve found the casing,” said Beck.
Of course, they probably would not bother to look for the casing to prove her story one way or the other. It turns out that the police had been to her house the night before during an attempted break in. At that time, they did not give the impression that they were taking the case seriously. They didn’t even dust for fingerprints. Then, when someone is climbing her fence the next day, it’s no wonder she felt like she had to take matters into her own hands.
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