Township of Florence, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Florence 12-21-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-12 as Ch. 73 of the 1983 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 102.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 112.

§ 73-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FIREARM
Any handgun, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, automatic or semiautomatic rifle or any gun, device or instrument in the nature of a weapon from which may be fired or ejected any solid projectable ball, slug, pellet, missile or bullet or any gas, vapor or other noxious thing by means of a cartridge or shell or by the action of an explosive or the igniting of flammable or explosive substances. It shall also include, without limitation, any firearm which is in the nature of an air gun, spring gun or pistol or other weapon of similar nature in which the propelling force is a spring, elastic band, carbon dioxide, compressed or other gas or vapor, air or compressed air or is ignited by compressed air and which ejects a bullet or missile smaller than 3/8 of an inch in diameter with sufficient force to injure a person.
PROJECTILE WEAPONS
Any weapon which fires a projectile by means other than a cartridge or shell or the action of an explosive or the igniting of a flammable or explosive substance, including, but not limited to, bow and arrow, crossbow, slingshot, dart gun.
[Added 10-16-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-28]
WEAPON
Anything readily capable of lethal use or of inflicting serious bodily injury.
[Added 10-16-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-28]

§ 73-2 Discharge prohibited in designated area.

[Amended 11-1-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-23; 5-2-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-8; 10-16-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-28]
No person shall discharge any firearm or projectile weapon or cause a firearm or projectile weapon to be discharged in so much of the Township of Florence as is encompassed within the following designated area: beginning at the mouth of Craft's Creek in the point where it joins the Delaware River, following Craft's Creek and up the several courses and distances thereof to the point of intersection with the northern border of the Township of Mansfield, then southerly along such border to its intersection with the Pennsylvania Extension of the New Jersey Turnpike, then westerly along the southern side of the Pennsylvania Extension of the New Jersey Turnpike to its intersection with New Jersey State Highway Route 130, then southwesterly along the southeasterly side of the New Jersey State Highway Route 130 to the Burlington Township Line then northerly to the Delaware River then following the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Border to the starting point at the mouth of Craft's Creek.

§ 73-3 Applicability; construal of provisions.

[Amended 10-16-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-28]
A. 
This chapter shall not be construed to prevent the use of any firearm or projectile weapon in the defense of one's person or property.
B. 
This chapter shall not apply to any bona fide members or guests of bona fide members of any pistol or rifle club or archery or bow and arrow club shooting on a range or by any person on a site which has been approved, in writing, as to safety by the Chief of Police of the Township of Florence.
C. 
This chapter shall not be construed to prevent the discharge, by an official, of a blank gun for the purpose of signifying the start or finish of an authorized athletic event.

§ 73-4 Parental responsibility.

[Amended 10-16-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-28]
No parent, guardian or other person standing in loco parentis to any minor child shall suffer or permit any such minor child to discharge any firearm or projectile weapon or cause any firearm or projectile weapon to be discharged within the area defined in § 73-2 of this chapter.

§ 73-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-1-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-32]
Any person violating this chapter shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding 90 days or to a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof.

§ 73-6 Map of areas within which the discharge of firearms is prohibited.

[Added 11-1-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-23; amended 5-2-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-8]
The map prepared by the Township Engineer and on file with the Township Clerk designating the areas within which the discharge of firearms is prohibited in accordance with § 73-2 of the Code of the Township of Florence is hereby adopted as a visual aid to indicate the areas described in § 73-2.