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Bowhunting Ordinance
6-4-1: Definitions:

Carrying
The handling or physical transportation of a firearm concealed or otherwise.

Dismantled Firearm
Any weapon included in the definition of "firearm" herein which is dismantled in such manner as to make shooting impossible, or any weapon with vital parts missing so to render it inoperable.

Encased Firearm
Any weapon included in the definition of "firearm" herein placed in a case and unloaded in both chambers and magazines so as to make the shooting of said "encased firearm" impossible, except a pistol or revolver when contained in a holster.

Express Invitation
Actual written notice signed by the "landowner" with said "landowner's" name, address and telephone clearly imprinted on same, and carried on the person of at least one specifically named individual on said notice in any group or party shooting on said lands, said notice to also include an effective date and a date of expiration.

Firearm
Shotguns, rifles, air rifles, B.B. guns, handguns, bow and pointed-tip arrows.

Landowner
Any person, group, firm or corporation owning, leasing or legally controlling any lands within the corporate limits of the Village. (Ord. 102, 8-3-70; amd. Ord. 242, 8-16-82)

6-4-2: Intent:
It is the intent of this Chapter to regulate the carrying and shooting of firearms in order to safeguard the residents of this community. It is not the intent of this Chapter to regulate ownership of firearms by law-abiding citizens.

6-4-3: Permitted Use Of Firearms:
The shooting and carrying of firearms which are not encased or dismantled is permitted under the following circumstances unless prohibited by State or Federal law:

(A) By law enforcement officers in the line of duty or military personnel in the line of duty.

(B) By any person to resist or prevent an offense which that person reasonably believes exposes himself or another to great bodily harm or death.

(C) By any person to prevent the commission of a felony in his home.

(D) By a certified Firearms Safety Training Instructor in connection with a Department of Natural Resources approved Firearms Safety Program.

(E) By any person in connection with a Department of Natural Resources approved Firearms Safety Program.

(F) By any person on a rifle, trap, archery or target range established in accordance with the Burnsville Zoning Ordinance.

(G) By any property owner or his guest engaged in target shooting with inanimate objects as targets within the basement or cellar of an enclosed structure owned by the property owner; provided that no shooting shall be allowed under this subsection unless suitable measures have been taken to assure the health and safety of those in and about the structure. (Ord. 242, 8-16-82)

(H) By any person shooting a bow and pointed-tip arrows who is the private landowner or with written private landowner approval on their person; provided, however, no arrow passes beyond the boundaries of that property; and, provided further that the shooting occurs at least five hundred feet (500') from any land or building not owned by that landowner and that no one is endangered. (Ord. 319, 6-20-88) (see amendment)

(I) For the destruction of diseased, injured or dangerous birds, animals or reptiles by persons authorized to do so in writing by the Chief of Police in compliance with published State regulations.

(J) By any person participating in a special hunting season, which season may not conflict with State law or regulations, established by the City Council for the purpose of wildlife management. The season shall be established by the City Council when, based upon competent professional advice such as a conservation officer, a season is needed to reduce animal population.

(K) The possession, transportation or carrying of handguns as specifically allowed by State law.

6-4-4: Prohibited Use Of Firearms:

Except as specifically allowed in this Chapter:

(A) The carrying of a firearm in a motor vehicle, place or area open to the public or any private place or area unless the private place or area is owned by the person carrying the firearm or with the owner's permission which is not encased or dismantled is prohibited.

(B) The shooting of a firearm is prohibited. (Ord. 242, 8-16-82)

(C) Qualified participants eighteen (18) years or older and qualified participants under eighteen (18) years with previous deer hunting experience accompanied by a qualified adult, in up to three (3) special deer hunts within the Fort Snelling State Park and Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge are exempt from this Section to the extent necessary to comply with the program established by the Deer Management Task Force in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources. This subsection shall not be construed as in any way authorizing any violation of State laws regulating deer hunting, and to the extent the program established by the Deer Management Task Force conflicts with State law, it shall be modified to comply therewith.

The Deer Management Task Force shall evaluate the effectiveness of each hunt and prepare a written report to the City Council. (Ord. 426, 10-7-91)

City Of Burnsville
Dakota County, Minnesota
Ordinance No. 889

An Ordinance Amending Title 6, Chapter 4 of the Burnsville City Code Concerning Firearms

The City Council of the City Of Burnsville, Minnesota ordains:

Section 1
Section 6-4-3(H) of the Burnsville City Code is amended to provide as follows:

By any person shooting a bow and pointed-tip arrows who is the private landowner or with written private landowner approval on their person; provided, however, no arrow passes beyond the boundaries of that property; and, provided further that the shooting occurs at least two hundred feet (200’) from any land or building not owned by that landowner and that no one is endangered.

Section 2

This ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its passage and publication.

Adopted this 4th day of August, 2003, by the City Council of the City of Burnsville, Minnesota.

City Of Burnsville


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