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Stage Set for City Council Vote on Firearms Program

The City Council will decide on Aug. 13 whether to allow residents to be able to fire .22 caliber rifles and to allow a DNR-sponsored gun safety program on the Grannis/Lindberg properties.

Stage Set for City Council Vote on Firearms Program

The Inver Grove Heights City Council on Monday night passed the second reading of an ordinance amendment that would allow IGH residents to discharge firearms within city limits.

The ordinance—identical to the rezoning decision to allow for a DNR-sponsored gun safety program on the Grannis/Lindberg properties—limits any discharge of firearms to .22 caliber rifles and any ammunition to be of the non-lead variety.

City attorney Tim Kuntz explained at Monday night’s meeting that the ordinance amendment is a “companion” to the rezoning decision and that the council was hearing it in order “to link up” the two pieces of legislation—both of which will be decided upon at the Aug. 13 city council meeting.

“Mr. Mayor, I’d like to move (to pass) the second reading of the ordinance amendment because if things don’t go well (for the rezoning decision) we can always put this one to bed too,” councilman Bill Klein said.

Councilman Dennis Madden seconded Klein’s motion.

The council passed the second reading with a unanimous vote that included Vance “Chip” Grannis III abstaining.

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