Update: A caller to the WMSA hotline asked for the ordinance in Jackson County that prohibits shooting. WMSA President Kevin Jamison answers:
County Ordinance 5534.2 on the Jackson County website.
5534.2 Unlawful Use of Weapons.
No person shall:
a. Possess or discharge a firearm or projectile weapon while intoxicated;
b. Discharge a firearm or projectile weapon in a careless or reckless manner; or
c. Discharge a firearm or projectile weapon:
(1) Anywhere within the area described as the “Urban Development Tier” in the Jackson County Master Plan “Strategy for the Future,” dated January 1994, as amended; or
(2) In a manner so as to allow a projectile to travel beyond the boundaries of the tract of real property from which it was fired onto another tract not under common ownership.
This subsection 5534.2.c shall not apply to any otherwise lawful activity taking place on the grounds of a firing range or gun club as permitted under section 24005.9 of this code or under the duly enacted ordinances of any competent municipal authority within Jackson County. (Ord. 2106, Eff. 6/16/92; Ord. 4595, Eff. 12/02/1
Jackson County quietly passed an ordinance earlier this year prohibiting firing a firearm within the county.
Kevin Jamison, President of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, has this to say.
Jackson County has an ordinance which prohibits shooting in the “urban tier” of the country. There is a map of this urban tier but it takes some effort to get. It does not exempt self-defense. The ordinance was slipped through last December without public notice. It does allow for ranges but does not define them and no county permit for ranges exists. This complicates some of the CCW instructors who have a home range. There was a hearing on a repeal sponsored by County Legislator Greg Grounds. The hearing was continued to 28 July, 2014 at 2:30 in the Jackson County Independence courthouse, in the basement. There were a great number of people there today. That always gets a politician’s attention.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office says that they did not request this ordinance. It is sending a senior member of the sheriff’s staff to the general membership meeting on 22 July, 2014 at 7 PM at Bass Pro Independence. Spread the word.
Yesterday, Governor Nixon vetoed SB 656 saying it endangered the children. Bloomberg’s Moms Demanding Action were ecstatic.