ORDINANCE NO. 12-O-70AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 549 (WEAPONS AND EXPLOSIVES) OFTHE MENTOR MUNICIPAL CODE PROVIDING AN EXCEPTION TO THEDISCHARGE OF WEAPONS WITHIN THE CITY,AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCYWHEREAS, the City of Mentor desires to allow for the establishment of commercial indoor firing ranges where conditionally permitted as a use by providing anexception to the prohibition against the discharge of weapons within city limits; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OFMENTOR, COUNTY OF LAKE, STATE OF OHIO:SECTION 1. Section 549.08 is hereby amended as follows:
549.08 DISCHARGING FIREARMS.
(a) No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged withinthe City, any air gun, rifle, shotgun, revolver, pistol, firearm, or any otherdevice that causes an audible explosion by the ignition and detonationof propane, acetylene or carbide gas, gun powder, cap, cartridge, cane,torpedo or any other article consisting of explosives, except forceremonial purposes or other such events when prior approval has beenauthorized by the Safety Director.
This prohibition does not applywhere the discharge of firearms is conducted within an enclosedstructure dedicated for commercial purpose as a firing rangeand where the owner and business principals at the locationwhere the discharge of firearms takes place have applied forand been granted a permit for such activity by the Director of Public Safety. The Director of Public Safety is herebyauthorized to incorporate any and all requirements into suchpermits necessary to ensure public health and safety.
(b) This section does not apply to instances in which firearmsare used in self-defense or by police officers in the line of duty.(c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
SECTION 2. That it is found and determined that all formal actions of this Councilconcerning and relating to the passage of this ordinance were adopted in an open meetingof this Council and that, except as otherwise provided by Section 121.22 of the OhioRevised Code, all deliberations of this Council and of any of its committees that resulted insuch formal action were in meetings open to the public in compliance with all legalrequirements.