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Indiana county avoids gunfire ban

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has created a measure to counteract a change in a police tax district that would ban gunfire in outer parts of Marion County.

Ballard's office issued a notice Friday, signed by Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, that allows target practice, hunting and random shooting of guns in outlying parts of the county, The Indianapolis Star reported.

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The City-County Council said it never meant to expand a city gunfire ban area when it expanded an Indianapolis police tax district, which was a bipartisan measure to increase fund for next year's budget.

The gunfire ban had been scheduled to take effect Jan.1.

"There are still rural areas in the county," Ryan Vaughn, Ballard's chief of staff, told The Star. "It makes sense to regulate areas that are more dense differently than you would the more rural areas."

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