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MUSTANG, Okla. - A metro city passed a new law aimed at giving its residents some peace and quiet.

The City of Mustang passed a 'No Knock' ordinance to help eliminate door-to-door sales for residents who aren’t interested.

It seems to always happen right when your family sits down to dinner – that knock at your door from someone trying to sell you something.

Folks who live in Mustang say they’ve had enough.

“Most people are busy all day. They come home from work and they don't want to be bothered by phone calls or solicitors at their door, knocking at 6 or 7 or 8 at night," Mustang resident Sharon Wasson said.

Sharon isn't alone.

Door-to-door solicitors are the number one complaint at Mustang City Hall.

"We looked at this measure as something that would help maintain the quality of life Mustang residents enjoy," City Manager Tim Rooney said.

City leaders did some research and found Owasso in northeast Oklahoma recently passed a 'No Knock' ordinance.

The idea is similar to the national 'Do Not Call' list.

The list in this case is to sign up to eliminate door-to-door sales.

Mustang modeled its ordinance from Owasso, and the city council passed it unanimously.

"A solicitor in Mustang always had to get a permit to go door-to-door, but now when they get their permit, they'll also get a list of properties, either digitally or on paper, of properties that do not wish to be solicited from," Rooney said.

If a solicitor ignores the rules and knocks on your door even after you signed up for the no-knock list, that solicitor could be fined and get their license revoked.

All residents have to do is call the non-emergency police number to make a report.

For a family oriented town that keeps growing, city leaders hope the new law keeps their residents happy.

"If part of that quality of life is going home and not being disturbed, we wanted to protect that," Rooney said.

The new ordinance does not apply to school fundraisers, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts selling door-to-door. To qualify for the list, you have to pay utilities to the City of Mustang.

Sign up is available in the city's website or at Mustang City Hall.