In response to concerns brought about after the January Kahoka Council meeting, City Attorney Rick Roberts clarified the city’s ordinances on discharging weapons in the city of Kahoka.
“We have a considerable amount of coverage limiting the use of weapons,” Roberts told the council.
City Ordinances 210 and 250 mirror Missouri Statute RSMo 571.030, which limits the use of weapons. According to the statute, a person commits the crime of unlawful use of weapons if he or she knowingly commits any of several listed acts, including discharging a firearm within one hundred yards of any occupied schoolhouse, courthouse, or church building; or if he or she discharges or shoots a firearm at a mark, at any object, or at random, on, along or across a public highway or discharges or shoots a firearm into any outbuilding. See RSMo 571.030 or Kahoka Ordinances 210 and 250 for further information.
On a related issue, the council agreed that the existing nuisance ordinance can cover complaints about people feeding squirrels and other wildlife in the city. If a complaint is received, the police will investigate, and bring the matter to the council, which will decide whether it is a public nuisance, and what action will be taken.
“It’s no different than junk cars, weeds, or barking dogs,” said Roberts.