Raymore residents say city code needs to be changed to protect people, homes from legal gunfire

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RAYMORE, Mo. -- Dozens of people living in a Raymore neighborhood say they're terrified in their own homes as bullets fly. The problem is, the shooters aren't breaking the law.

Thursday night, the neighbors brought their concerns to city hall. The meeting was open discussion style, but the message was clear from residents: this city code needs to change.

This all started when bullets hit two Raymore homes in the Ward Park Place subdivision. The shooters were holding target practice 2,500 feet away on the other side of woods against a berm and the property is zoned as "agricultural." No charges were filed because city ordinance says you can shoot on agricultural land as long as it's not within 150 yards of a street home or business.

Dozens of neighbors met with city and county officials to voice their concerns Thursday night. Police claimed the property owners vowed to not shoot anymore in the area, but homeowners say that's not enough.

They want the 12 year old code changed, to not allow shooting near their homes. Neighbors were very passionate as they spoke directly to city leaders.

"I challenge you to add a distance limit. I know it's hard, I know you guys aren't gonna wanna do it. The city had an issue a few years ago. I know we're a pretty rural area and people like their guns. I don't have one, I don't care if you have one. I think it's a common sense approach to tackle this issue," one resident said.

"We want to make sure we are hearing from you all going forward. The message from the staff, is your message. Is the concerns thoughts and suggestions how we go forward," Raymore police chief Jan Zimmerman said.

City leaders agreed with homeowners, there needs to be a change. There were three city council members at the meeting, they say they will take this information back to council.

County commissioners say they are looking to see what steps they need to take on their end.