Newtown Unanimously Passes New Recreational Shooting Ordinance

Town officials in Newtown, Conn. have voted unanimously to approve a new firearms ordinance limiting recreational shooting, the News Times reported Tuesday. 

The proposal was voted on last week over a year after the first debate on the issue, which came before the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 26 children and educators were killed in addition to the gunman.

Jeff Capeci, chairman of the town’s legislative council, told the newspaper on Monday that the ordinance was a “good compromise considering the varying interests” — a balance between residents fighting to protect their Second Amendment rights and residents concerned about their safety.

The ordinance, scheduled to take effect next month, affects target and recreational shooting only, according to the News Times. It states no resident may shoot for more than four hours after notifying the police department, mandates target backstops be placed ten feet above the target and limits shooting to one individual at a time.

The ordinance also stipulates that no shooting is allowed within a half-mile of a school during school hours.

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