Hunters not allowed within 750 feet of homes
Hunters armed with any type of firearm will have to step back a few extra feet before firing, from now on. During their Monday, Oct. 24 meeting, the Stallings Town Council approved a change to their firearms ordinance, as guns must be fired 750 feet from any dwelling.
The previous ordinance called for a distance of 500 feet from any home, school, church, building, park or public gathering place. That includes both pellet and BB guns, which are covered under the ordinance. The penalty for violating the ordinance is either a $100 fine or 20 days in jail So far, no one has violated that ordinance, according to local law enforcement.
Stallings Police Chief Michael Dummett said in addition to the new ordinance, notifying people when dove and other hunting seasons take place.
“That, with the additional distance added, should take care of your problem,” Dummett told council members.
Prior to the meeting, the public safety committee heard from Wildlife Services, going over the proposed ordinance before approving it as a recommendation.
“We spent a pretty lengthy amount of time discussing that,” council member Reed Esarove said.
In North Carolina, there were 34 hunting accidents last year. That comes out to less than 1 percent of the total population.
The town council had requested information from staff members about how neighboring towns deal with the issue of hunting and firing guns. In Weddington, residents can’t fire any weapons within 150 yards of a building. Hunters can’t shoot birds in Indian Trail, as the town was designated a bird sanctuary. Marshville, Monroe, Wesley Chapel and Wingate prohibit the discharge of guns within their town limits.