Killeen: City council updates weapons, fireworks restrictions

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The Killeen City Council has updated ordinances covering the use of fireworks in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction and the use of paintball guns, BB guns, air rifles, air pistols and crossbows as part of a recreational business.

The update opens up another revenue stream for the city and new recreational activities for residents.

"With this change, some of these businesses that have become popular which are paintball and even archery, can now be located within the city limits of Killeen,” says city spokesperson Hilary Shine.

“Previously they were not allowed by our zoning ordinance."

The update also includes the shooting of firearms within the bordering areas known as the extraterritorial jurisdiction around the city.

That was added to bring the city in compliance with state law.

There will also be more places to legally set off fireworks this year.

Under the Fire Prevention and Protection Code, it’s illegal to sell or explode fireworks within the city limits and within as much as 5,000 feet outside the city limits.

But Texas law has been changed and cities can no longer regulate fireworks in extraterritorial jurisdictions.

In Tuesday’s council meeting, the rule was updated to bring Killeen in compliance.

City representatives say although they are just now updating the law, it hasn’t been recently enforced in areas outside of Killeen.

It remains illegal to possess, sell or explode any fireworks in the city.

Offenders may be charged with a Class C misdemeanor and fined as much as $2,000.