N. Idaho City to Loosen Restrictions on Firearms

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One week after the city of Coeur d'Alene changed its rules on firearms, allowing guns to be carried in and near parades, another city in Idaho's Panhandle is changing its own shooting ordinance.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Hayden City Council will take up the change this evening after the city's attorneys suggested that Hayden be closer aligned with Idaho code. The current ordinance makes it illegal to discharge a firearm within the city, with the exception of law enforcement or military honor guards. But the updated ordinance would also allow guns to be fired within Hayden city limits to slaughter animals (on property zoned for agriculture use) or if an individual is defending his or her property. A sport shooting range would also be exempt.

Hayden officials said since Idaho code was updated, the city would change its ordinance as well.

"It's to remain consistent with state law," Hayden City Attorney John Caffery told the Press