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No one within Neligh’s city limits can discharge a bow and arrow unless they are at a city-sponsored event, according to a newly passed ordinance.
Law enforcement is exempt from the ordinance, which was passed last week on first reading with the second and third readings waived. The Antelope County Shooter’s Club was added to the ordinance as being exempt at the request of council member Ted Hughes.
After the initial reading, Dale Wilkinson motioned to approve with Leonard Miller seconding. Hughes stopped the voting and asked, “Don’t we have Russell Park leased to the shooter’s club for the bow and arrow range, and isn’t that in the city limits?”
City Attorney Jim McNally said that was an organized city-approved function and could be added to the exceptions.
Wilkinson amended his motion to include that change. The resolution then passed 3-0 with Wanek not present to vote.
According to the resolution, it is unlawful for any person, to discharge a slingshot, air gun, BB gun, bow and arrow, crossbow or the like at any time or under any circumstances within the City.
Penalty of discharge is a misdemeanor and includes a fine of $500.