Salado aldermen will consider amending the Weapons Ordinance to include missiles of any type. The board will consider the amendment to the Weapons Ordinance at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17.
Earlier this year, the Deer Committee appointed by the Board of Aldermen encouraged the hunting of deer on private property by licensed bowhunters. With no local ordinance making the use of bow and arrows within the city limits unlawful, bowhunting was seen by some as one answer to controlling the population of whitetail deer in the Village.
Aldermen adopted an ordinance making the feeding of whitetail deer illegal and punishable by fines.
The draft Weapons ordinance will add the following to the sections on Specifics: “(5): Missiles: a missile is any projectile ejected from a weapon and designed to cause bodily injury or death to a person or animal including but not limited to arrows or rocks.”
The Village had been pursuing an additional 300 Land Management Permits to allow for the extra take of whitetail deer within the limits of the Village, but the proposed amendment appears to be a reversal of encouraging hunting of whitetail deer as a solution to the growing population in Salado.
Under Section 3 of the Weapons Ordinance, “it shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, fire, or shoot any firearm, explosive weapon missile, pistol or zip gun of any descrioption within the Village limits”.