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Public hearing in Weston tonight on firearms ordinance

weston-gunA public hearing on proposed changes to the town’s firearms ordinance is set for tonight, Thursday, March 21, at 7 in the Meeting Room at town hall.

The selectmen are expected to vote on the proposed changes at their meeting at 7:30, immediately after the public hearing.

The full text of the updated draft ordinance is available on the town website, westonct.gov.

The draft proposal does not include previous ideas to increase some permitting requirements and specific safe storage and ammunition requirements.

It changes some definitions to more clearly reflect the language used in state statutes, and it includes a new preamble that strongly recommends proper firearms training and safe storage practices.

The new ordinance would also raise the penalty for violating any provision in it from $90 to $250.

The proposal keeps the current prohibition of discharging machine guns or assault weapons anywhere in town.

In addition, under the new ordinance, other firearms could be discharged only under certain circumstances, such as for target practice (with a permit) and for use in defense.

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