Martin updates 66-year-old gun law
City council members were all present Tuesday night when they voted to finally add teeth to a gun ordinance dating back to 1946.
During the meeting Tuesday, council members all agreed that the $10 fine for discharging a firearm within the Martin city limits, as per Ordinance No. 33, needed to be raised to accomodate inflation. The ordinance states that parents or guardians of minors violating the ordinance will be held responsible. The penalty as it was written just after World War II, and carries with it the penalty of a $10 fine for violators. It goes on to state that should an offender fail to pay the fine, they will be confined in the jail or "at hard labor" until said fine and costs are satisfied. Council members voted to amend the ordinance to allow a fine of $100 for the first offense, and $500 for subsequent offenses.