City of Creve Coeur, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 624.010 Short Title.

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This Chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Indoor Firearms, Pneumatic Gun and Archery Range Ordinance of the City of Creve Coeur."

Section 624.020 Policy.

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It is hereby declared that firearms, pneumatic gun and archery ranges are operations that affect the public health, safety and general welfare.

Section 624.030 License Required.

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A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate an outdoor firearms, pneumatic gun or archery range within the City under any circumstances, or to operate an indoor firearms, pneumatic gun or archery range within the City without obtaining and keeping in effect a license from the City. A license as issued or renewed shall be valid for a period ending the next June 30 after issuance, unless earlier suspended or revoked. A license shall be for a specific physical location and specific operator and shall not be transferable. In the event the licensee is a partnership or entity, a new license shall be required in the event of any change in partners or owners thereof. A license shall either authorize operation of an indoor firearms, pneumatic gun and archery range, or if requested on the application only an indoor archery range.
B. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, due to constant supervision by the Chief of Police and command staff, the City Police Department Firearms Training Range shall not require a license under this Chapter.
C. 
Nothing in this Chapter shall be applicable to private indoor firearms, pneumatic gun or archery ranges on residential property intended for personal use.

Section 624.040 License Applications.

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A. 
An application under this Chapter for license issuance or renewal may be made by letter to the Director of Finance of the City and shall be made under oath or affirmation that the contents thereof are true. Each such application shall also meet the following requirements:
1. 
The application shall be made in the name of an individual sole proprietor or a partnership or entity, and shall identify by name and residence address all individual partners or owners of the applicant.
2. 
All such owners must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, and proof of age must be included with each application.
3. 
No Such Owner Can Be A Convicted Felon. Each application for issuance or renewal shall expressly confirm compliance with this prohibition and must include a complete criminal history check on each such owner conducted through the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
4. 
The application shall confirm that the applicant has been and will remain in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, building codes and ordinances regarding the operation of their range, including this Chapter.
5. 
The application must be accompanied by proof that the premises have passed inspections by the Community Development Department and Police Department under this Chapter within the last thirty (30) days.
6. 
The application must include proof that the applicant and the range are covered by general liability insurance with coverage of at least two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) per occurrence.

Section 624.050 License Fees.

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Each application for issuance or renewal of a license under this Chapter shall be accompanied by payment of a fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) to cover processing costs. Fees are not pro-ratable. Fees will not be refunded if an application is denied or revoked.

Section 624.060 License Processing And Review.

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Applicants should take into account that while processing time is not guaranteed, they should plan for at least thirty (30) days after submission of a complete application. If a complete renewal application is submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to license expiration, the prior license shall be deemed extended until the renewal is granted or denied. Upon receipt of an application under this Chapter the Director of Finance shall review same with the Chief of Police. The Director of Finance shall promptly advise the applicant if and how the application is incomplete, or otherwise either grant or deny, with specific explanation, the issuance or renewal of the license.

Section 624.070 Inspections.

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Upon request of the owner or operator of premises subject to this Chapter, and payment of the inspection fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) to cover costs (which fee is in addition to an application fee), the Community Development Department and Police Department shall inspect the premises for compliance with applicable laws, regulations, building codes and ordinances. Each Department shall issue to the requesting person a dated written report as to any deficiencies identified, or if none confirming a satisfactory inspection.

Section 624.080 Operating Requirements.

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A. 
Each licensed firearms, pneumatic gun and archery range shall meet the following requirements at all times:
1. 
An effective license issued by the City under this Chapter shall always be on conspicuous public display inside and near the main entrance to the building.
2. 
No bullets, pellets, shot, arrows, or other projectiles shall be discharged outside the building. Each range shall be designed and operated to contain all bullets, pellets, shot, arrows, and other projectiles, including ricochets.
3. 
No one under the age of twelve (12) years shall be allowed to remain in the building unless accompanied by their parent or legal guardian or an adult supervisor approved by their parent or legal guardian.
4. 
During all hours of operation, there shall be at least one (1) manager on the premises over the age of twenty-one (21) years to supervise the range and there shall be at least one (1) person on the premises over the age of twenty-one (21) years who holds a Chief Range Safety Officer certificate issued by the National Rifle Association, or an equivalent certificate as determined by the Chief of Police. The same person can serve as manager and Chief Range Safety Officer.
5. 
No alcoholic beverages shall be allowed on the premises.
6. 
No person who is in a drunk or disorderly condition shall be allowed to remain on the premises.
7. 
No person who cannot lawfully possess a firearm pursuant to Section 571.070, RSMo., or other applicable law shall be allowed to remain on the premises, unless the range is solely licensed and operated as an archery range.
8. 
The premises shall be maintained and operated in a clean and orderly manner in compliance with all applicable laws. Indoor air quality requirements regarding lead shall be met such as 29 CFR 1910.1025.
9. 
No firearms shall be discharged between the hours of 11:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M.
10. 
Lead shall be regularly and safely managed, reclaimed and recycled.
11. 
Access to the premises shall be secured and controlled to assure compliance with the requirements of this Chapter.
12. 
The applicant and the range shall be covered by general liability insurance with coverage of at least two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) per occurrence.

Section 624.090 License Suspension And Revocation.

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The Finance Director may suspend or revoke any license issued or renewed under this Chapter for any material violation of this Chapter. If the Finance Director determines that there is an imminent threat to public health and safety, they may suspend the license immediately by written notice identifying the source of such threat, but shall hold a hearing thereon within seven (7) days of written request from the licensee. Absent such imminent threat, the Finance Director shall schedule a hearing prior to taking any suspension or revocation action and shall provide at least ten (10) days' written notice thereof to the licensee, delivered to the licensed premises. In issuing any suspension, notice of hearing, or revocation, the Finance Director shall identify the applicable violation(s). Any suspension shall be terminated by the Finance Director upon proof of correction of such violation(s). In the event the Finance Director determines that the licensee is not willing or able to comply with this Chapter, they shall revoke the license. A record shall be made of any hearing held hereunder. Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Finance Director after hearing shall have the right to judicial review in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County.

Section 624.100 Severability.

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If any provision of this Chapter is for any reason held to be invalid, unlawful or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Chapter.