Municipal Ordinances

Chapter 41 - Weapons

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Article I - In General

Sec. 41-1. Discharging firearms - Prohibited.

No person shall fire any gun, pistol, revolver or other firearm or air rifle within the City of Rolla, Missouri except as hereinafter provided.

The provisions of this Section shall not apply to the firing of firearms within the bounds of gun clubs, skeet shoots or target ranges as authorized by the chief of police under the permit obtained in accordance with this Section.

The chief of police is hereby authorized to issue permits for special one day shooting events to be held at such places as, in the opinion of the chief of police, shall provide maximum safety for all persons concerned, and under the direct supervision and control of such persons as the chief of police shall deem competent for such purposes.

Nothing contained herein shall prohibit the use of firearms for hunting purposes in such areas where hunting is permitted by law. (Ord. 2021, §1.)

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Sec. 41-2. Concealed weapons - Carrying, etc., prohibited.

(a) No person shall knowingly carry concealed on or about his person, any firearm, knife, blackjack or other weapon readily capable of lethal use provided, however, that legally-qualified sheriffs, police officers, and other law enforcement officers, persons whose bona fide duty is to execute process, civil or criminal, make arrests, or aid in conserving the public peace may carry concealed weapons in the performance of their duties; persons traveling in a continuous journey peaceably through the city may carry a weapon in their automobile as well as instructors or students of the martial arts traveling to or from classes of instruction, or demonstration, so long as the travel to or from the classes of instruction or demonstration are that of a continuous trip peacefully through the city, nor shall this Section apply to any person who has a valid concealed carry endorsement issued pursuant to Sections 571.101 to 571.121, Revised Statutes of Missouri, or a valid permit or endorsement to carry concealed firearms issued by another state or political subdivision of another state.

(b) No person shall possess or discharge any firearm while intoxicated, nor shall any person carry a firearm or other weapon readily capable of lethal use in any church or any school building or in any school grounds or to any election precinct or in any agency of the federal, state or local government, or to any public assemblage of any persons for any lawful purpose except a legally qualified sheriff, police officer or other law enforcement officer in the performance of their duty.

(c) For the purpose of this Section, the term "firearm" means any weapon that is designed or adapted to expel or eject a projectile by the action of an explosive.

(d) For the purpose of this Section, "knife" means any dagger, dirk, stiletto, butterfly knife, throwing darts, knuckle knife or bladed hand instrument that is readily capable of inflicting serious physical injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person. For the purpose of this Section, "knife" does not include any ordinary pocket knife with a blade less than three and one-half (3 ½) inches in length. (Ord. 51, 58; Ord. 1754, §1; Ord. 2454, §1; Ord. 2484, §1; Ord. 3788, §2)

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Sec. 41-3. Same - Sale to minors prohibited; exception.

No person shall directly or indirectly sell, deliver, loan or barter to any minor any weapon of the type described in Section 41-2 without the written consent, or in the presence of, the parent or guardian of such minor. (Ord. 51, §8.)

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Sec. 41-4. Same - Exception for certain officers, etc.

Sections 41-2 and 41-3 shall not apply to officers of the United States, state, county, or police officers, nor to soldiers of the United States. (Ord. 51, §9.)

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Sec. 41-5. Discharge of air rifles, etc., prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge an air rifle or BB gun within the city. (Ord. 867, §1.)

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Sec. 41-6. Discharge of bows and arrows and crossbows prohibited within the City Limits of Rolla, Missouri; exceptions.

(a) Definitions:

Bow and arrows shall mean a bow and arrow combination that requires completely manual operation without any means to cock the weapon. This definition excludes bow and arrow combinations considered as toys and intended to release arrows incapable of penetrating a target or other surface.

Crossbow shall mean a traditional crossbow utilizing a mechanism wherein the weapon can be cocked and left in a stable state until it is subsequently released or fired at a later time via a trigger mechanism.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person within the City Limits to discharge any bow and arrow or crossbow unless that person complies with the following regulations and in either subsections 41-6 (c) and 41-6(d).

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any type of bow and arrow or crossbow within Rolla's City Limits in a manner that endangers persons or property.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any type of bow and arrow or crossbow in such a manner that causes the arrow or bolt to land on any property other than the property on which the arrow or bolt was discharged, unless written permission is granted by the impacted property owner(s).

(3) It shall be unlawful to use and/or discharge any type of bow and arrow or crossbow on public property unless authorized by the City Council.

(c) The use of any type of bow and the discharge of target arrows is permitted within Rolla's City Limits for the purpose of target shooting. Any person who participates in target shooting pursuant to this subsection shall abide by subsection 41-6 (b) and the following rules:

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person fifteen (15) years of age or younger to participate in target shooting unless under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person who participates in target shooting pursuant to this subsection to discharge a broadhead or any type of hunting arrow.

(d) The use of longbow, recurve and/or compound bows, or crossbows, and the discharge of broadhead or other hunting arrows or bolts is permitted within Rolla's City Limits for the purpose of taking game as regulated by the Missouri Department of Conservation and with the written permission of the property owner. Hunting using bows and arrows or crossbows shall only be permitted on land zoned "R-R" (Rural Residential) pursuant to Chapter 42, Article III, Zoning, and subject to the provisions of subsection 41-6 (b). (Ord. 3387, §1)

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Secs. 41-7 to 41-10. Reserved.

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