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Belgium among few towns to consider law limiting rifles PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 18:13

Officials concerned about deadline, enforcement of ordinances passed in wake of state hunting rule change

    At least one northern Ozaukee County township will consider an ordinance banning the use of rifles in response to a state change in deer hunting regulations, but officials in other local towns are daunted by the fast-approaching deadline to pass such laws and puzzled by how to enforce them.

    There is also the question of whether laws banning rifles are needed to protect public safety in response to a recent Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources decision to allow hunters to use rifles throughout the state during next month’s nine-day deer season — a decision that lifts the long-standing prohibition against the use of such  firearms for deer hunting in relatively populated areas like Ozaukee County.

    The Belgium Town Board plans to address that question at its Wednesday, Nov. 6, meeting, and depending on the thoughts of officials and residents, it could vote on an ordinance prohibiting the use of rifles, Town Chairman Tom Winker said.

    “We want a representative cross section of the township — both hunters and non-hunters — to attend this meeting ­to participate in a discussion about this issue,” he said. “We have a sample ordinance banning rifles that the board could act on if it so chooses, but first we’re going to have a thorough and healthy discussion.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 18:19
 
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