CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) - Gene Schenberg is preparing to fire the next shot in the Great Squirrel War in Chesterfield – both literally and figuratively.
After the city council voted 6-2 Monday night to approve an ordinance banning the use of air rifles within 150 yards of a residence, Schenberg promptly went out this week and purchased a BB gun.
That won’t specifically violate the city’s air rifle ban and open Schenberg up to a possible $1,000 fine, but it also won’t necessarily keep him safe from prosecution.
City leaders say the ban targets “any weapon capable of inflicting serious injury or death”.
So Schenberg’s ultimate goal is to get the recently passed ordinance “invalidated” on the grounds that it tramples over a guarantee in the state constitution that citizens can “keep and bear arms in defense of his home” — in this case, against squirrels that Schenberg says are trying to make a home in his attic.
“Over the next week or so I’ll be looking for fellow Chesterfield citizens to join me as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city to have the bill invalidated,” Schenberg told KMOX’s Charlie Brennan Wednesday morning.
In the meantime he’ll grudgingly use his newly-purchased BB gun to continue his never-ending battle against invading squirrels.
But he does add this warning.
“I’m going to go from a soft lead pellet that, if you miss, will just fall safely to the ground to a hard metal BB that will now ricochet and maybe put your eye out.”
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