- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

WELLSVILLE, Utah (AP) - A Wellsville man is trying to make sure children’s toys and recreational equipment won’t be considered illegal under the city’s current firearms law.

Resident Zan Murray believes the city’s current gun laws are too vague, because they say only that a person cannot discharge any form of projectile from any device. He has proposed that city officials change the language so that kids and adults can enjoy toy projectiles such as Nerf guns and BB guns, reported the Herald Journal in Logan (https://bit.ly/1GtXIL8).

The items banned under current city law “could be considered just about anything,” said Murray.

He presented a proposal to Wellsville City Council on Wednesday that would define a “dangerous weapon,” clearly excluding toys like Nerf guns.

“What is reasonable with regard to discharge of certain items in the community for recreation and enjoyment that is safe and would be appropriate?” Murray asked.

He said he has unknowingly broken the regulation several times and spoken with other Wellsville residents that weren’t aware of the ordinance.

Wellsville City Council members said they agree with Murray but want him to clarify the language in his proposal.

“We want to get a draft that is acceptable (regarding) what he is hoping for and what the city can live with,” said City Manager and Recorder Don Hartle.

Councilman Gary Bates says the age restrictions on possessing a dangerous weapon are also unclear and need revision.

The council will work with Murray to revise the police at a future council meeting, said Hartle.

“The premise is great. The idea of segregating firearms from Nerf guns and other toys is great,” said Bates.

“It’s appropriate for allowances to people to practice archery in the backyard,” he added.

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Information from: The Herald Journal, https://www.hjnews.com

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