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City May Tighten BB Gun Laws

A rash of BB gun attacks last year prompted the Public Safety Committee to ask for tougher restrictions. A proposed new ordinance would make it illegal to fire a BB gun in city parks.

Residents outraged over the killing of two Muscovy ducks in a public retention pond in November are prompting leaders to reconsider city BB gun laws on Thursday.

A law already on Dunedin's books makes it illegal for a person to fire a slingshot, bow, sling or “other similar device” within corporate limits, but BB guns are not included in the language (Section 50-2). 

Now, the Public Safety Committee is recommending that city leaders add a subsection to the ordinance that makes firing BB guns "in any park within the corporate limits of the city" a punishable misdemeanor offense.

In November, two Muscovy ducks were attacked by young men with pellet guns and reportedly killed for food in a neighborhood retention pond between Alamo and Paloma lanes. When deputies were called to the scene, they could not arrest any of the shooters because the ducks were considered an invasive species and no laws against firing BB guns or pellet guns existed. (.)

Ducks were not the only victims of BB gun attacks in Dunedin last year. The  using pellet guns, marbles or BB guns from early August to mid-November. A student was also attacked with a BB gun .

The proposed new ordinance will be read aloud for the first time at the regular city commission meeting Thursday, April 19 (6:30 p.m., at ).

[Updated 7:54 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2012]

Bob Burdewick April 18, 2012 at 02:36 PM
The Lake Pal;oma incident happened in front of my house. As far as I know only two women made the complaint of the 3 youngsters killing the disgusting muscovy ducks, not a violation of any law. They had ONE single shot pellet rifle, not a BB gun. I don't know of anyone else who was "outraged"! I'd like to see them all "disappear".
Katie Dolac April 18, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Thanks, Bob!
Bret Krasman April 19, 2012 at 02:37 PM
How about we make it illeagal for everyone to leave their house? A bb gun will not kill a duck unless you are a very good/lucky shot. Its time to stop with this regulation crap. The ducks are an invasive species and take food and land from what should be there. Stop trying to create a problem just for jounalism.
Katie Dolac April 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Thanks for speaking out, Bret! Neighbors rattled by the sight of pellet/BB guns reported to Patch in November that two ducks were killed. (Here is a link to the story: http://dunedin.patch.com/articles/neighborhood-ducks-attacked-with-pellet-guns) A Public Safety Committee made up of citizens is proposing changes to the ordinance in tonight's meeting. I have just reported what is on the city agenda. Citizens will have an opportunity to speak on the issue at the public meeting tonight and at the next commission meeting before city leaders make a final vote.
Katie Dolac April 19, 2012 at 11:39 PM
UPDATE: City commissioners all agree to update language in the ordinance to outlaw the firing of a BB gun in all public places (includes parks, public right of ways, and other city property) on first reading. They will read again at the next scheduled city meeting.
Col. Korn April 23, 2012 at 05:38 PM
My Dear Comrades, It has already been made clear that the Two Young Men had not broken the law...and it seems to me that some people are angry about the fact that they couldn't arrest them on something and so are just trying to get back at them! Those Muscovy ducks are an unprotected, invasive species that need to be eliminated from our environment! We should give those Two Young Men a medal for what they did and encourage others to shoot more of them until they are eradicated. You all think those Muscovy Ducks are so cute? They are causing harm to our native species and soon we will feel the impact of their evasion! These Young men had every right to do what they did and we need to stand behind their action. All you gun grabbers, Alarmists and other such Knee-Jerk reactionaries need to back off. I almost cant believe that some of you cant see the positive side of their action! Hell, you let people FISH dont you? What the Hell is the difference? Those boys were hunting those ducks to put food on the table?! So be it! Your Obt. Svt. Col. Korn, Chief O" Mayhem in the Great WW-2, Now Chief O" Security and Sanitation (And the Complaint Dept.) OXOjamm Studios.
coralyn banks July 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
"gateway"killing with a gun.were's the parents?the next tragic story is children killing other children with larger guns.same thing.parents were not around.guns of any kind should be supervised by an adult present.learned to handle fire arms at the age of 7.only under supervision.
coralyn banks July 14, 2012 at 09:08 PM
such a pretty park.just love all the flowers

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