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Lake City set to change its concealed weapons laws

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Lake City Council is expected to make changes to its 35-year-old concealed weapons ordinances after some residents have complained that the existing laws are outdated, according to Lake City Mayor Lovith Anderson.

The city's concealed weapons ordinances Section 16-298. - Carrying of weapons was approved and passed into law in 1983.

The ordinance says, "It shall be unlawful for any person to carry about the person in the city, whether concealed or not, any dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other weaponusually used for the infliction of personal injury or injuries. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to apply to persons carrying such weapons upon their own premises or to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties as such."

Section 16-297 addresses Concealed weapons; forfeiture of weapons.

It says, "It shall be unlawful for any person to carry concealed about his person in the city any pistol, dirk, metal knuckles, razor, ice pick, hawkbill knife or any spring or clasp knife, which has a blade more than three inches in length, or other weapon usually used for the infliction of personal injuries. Upon conviction thereof, the person shall forfeit the weapon to the city.

Such weapon shall be disposed of as directed by the chief of police. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply to persons carrying concealed weapons upon their own premises or to peace officers in the actual discharge of their duties as such."

Anderson said they plan to change the ordinance to allow the carrying of weapons for those with concealed weapons permit.

"There were a lot of comments out there on Facebook saying we were out of touch with reality. I understand and take those in stride. Understanding that there is a process to get the ordinance updated," Anderson said.

He added the city's attorney is in the process of drafting a new ordinance that will be introduced at the March city council meeting.

It has to go through two readings before it's approved.

Anderson said he expects to pass and go into law by April.

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