Proposed Caddo Parish ordinance would restrict rifle usage

Cox’s measure would make it illegal to fire a .17 or larger-caliber rifle within 1 mile of a subdivision, KSLA reports

A proposed ordinance that would restrict where rifles could be fired around subdivisions in Caddo Parish has the attention of hunters in the area, according to media reports.

Shreveport’s KSLA-TV says the measure, sponsored by Commissioner David Cox, would make it illegal to fire a .17 or larger-caliber rifle within one mile of a subdivision.

The ordinance defines a subdivision as a neighborhood with five or more lots that is filed on record at the parish courthouse.

“…Simply put, if you’re in the woods near the city of Shreveport and there is a subdivision, you need to be over 1,000 yards away before you are shooting,” Cox said in a statement, according to the station. “I’m not saying you can’t shoot or hunt in Caddo Parish.

“What I’m saying (is) we need a little bit of consideration from those in the woods that border the city.”

The ordinance, which is scheduled to be discussed at the commission’s Property Standards Committee next Monday, would not apply to BB guns, shotguns or pellet guns, and existing shooting ranges would be exempt, according to the station.

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