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Hayden ordinance allows gunfire within city limits

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Hayden City Council voted to approve an ordinance that would allow gun owners to fire weapons within city limits. Hayden City Council voted to approve an ordinance that would allow gun owners to fire weapons within city limits.
HAYDEN, Idaho -

Gun restrictions in Idaho have been changing recently as cities are working on getting back up to state code. The most recent example comes out of Hayden. The city council voted just before Christmas break to approve an ordinance that would allow gun owners to fire their weapons within city limits.

Previously, only law enforcement, Department of Fish and Game and Military Honor Guards could fire a gun in city limits. The new ordinance will allow anyone to do so, as long as they are killing an animal on land zoned as agricultural or to defend their property.

"One of the things that state law says is that there is a cause for justifiable homicide," says Lt. Stu Miller with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office. "And one of those causes is in defense of yourself or others, and I think the state has recognized that as being a lawful reason to use a firearm."

In the previous legislative session, the state decided to prevent cities from placing restrictions on gun owners. Miller says now Hayden will be within the state code. This decision follows others, a few weeks ago Coeur d'Alene decided to reverse a more than 10-year-old ban on guns at parades.

"You'll see a lot more of these types of ordinances," says Miller.

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