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Can you shoot a BB gun in the City of Wilmington?

David Reynolds

Wilmington city ordinance forbids shooting a BB gun or carrying a concealed BB gun within city limits.

The ordinance also applies to pellet guns, or any other air guns. It does not apply to licensed shooting galleries. Breaking the ordinance is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 or up to 30 days in jail, according to rules on the city’s Web site.

In addition, city ordinance also forbids shooting any firearm in the city except in cases of self defense or some other necessity.

The rule doesn’t apply to licensed shooting galleries or to police who are legally doing their job. In some cases, City Council may allow exceptions to the rule. Also, wildlife officials and the chief of police may allow exceptions if an animal is a danger to person’s health or property. Permits in these cases are for a limited time and a specified purpose.

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