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Fresh barbecue and Truckees trigger points

Jamie BateSierra Sun

We all know how touchy some folks can get when conversation turns to guns the right to bear them and the right to think they ought to be controlled.Whatever side you may fall, be assured that our sage town founders were right on target way back when in 95 1995 that is when they drew up the town ordinance on when, where and at what we can shoot. Yep, right there in glorious black and white is Title 9 Chapter 13, Discharging a Firearm (proceeded by that other riveting chapter, 9.12, Prohibition of Urinating or Defecating in Public).So, just like the prohibition on peeing on any town building, it is unlawful to discharge a firearm on or into property owned by the Town of Truckee. Nor is it permitted to discharge a firearm in such a manner that the bullet (projectile) does not remain on the lot or parcel from which it was fired.Apparently, if the shot hits something or someone and doesnt pass over your property line you can escape being cited. Actually, if the shot does hit someone youll likely be hit with something more hefty than a citation try an attempted murder rap.Unless, of course, you discharged your firearm in the defense of a direct threat to life or to protect property. And who says old rough-and-tumble Truckee has become all soft and double latte-fied? I mean its still OK, according to the ordinance, to discharge your firearm for the express purpose of the lawful slaughtering of animals. How Wild West is that?And although gun owners are not supposed to discharge a firearm within 50 yards of any dwelling house, residence, or other building or any barn or outbuilding used in connection therewith, it is OK if all the buildings within those 50 yards are owned by the person squeezing the trigger or, is a member of his or her family, or is an invited guest thereof. Now thats the kind of party I want to be invited to. Nothing is more fun than being blindfolded, spun around a few times and then trying to break open that piata with few tightly bunched rounds from a Glock 9 mm. Remember though, keep those wayward hollowpoints from whizzing into the neighbors yard or youll be cited. And maybe later therell be some slaughtering lawfully, of course of some animals, because theres nothing better than, mmmm mmmm, fresh barbecue.Oh, and make sure you dont partake in all that gunplay between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise, as the ordinance says, and youll be golden.Jamie Bate is the editor of the Sierra Sun. Contact him at

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