Township of Jefferson, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Township Council) of the Township of Jefferson 10-18-1965 by Ord. No. 188 (Ch. 39 of the 1967 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 247-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FIREARM
Includes, but not by way of limitation, any rifle, pistol, shotgun, machine gun, air pistol or air rifle, pellet gun or any other weapon or instrumentality designed to shoot, launch or propel any bullet, pellet, bee bee, shell, shot or missile of any type, kind or nature whatsoever.
FISH AND GAME LAWS
Includes any laws of the United States, Title 23 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey as said Title now exists or may hereafter be amended, and to all codes, rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

§ 247-2 Unlawful use of firearms.

It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot or discharge any firearm within 300 feet of any house, dwelling, public building, business establishment, factory, school, church, playground, ball field or other structure or place of assembly, except as hereinafter provided.

§ 247-3 Exceptions.

The following acts shall not be deemed unlawful under § 247-2 of this chapter:
A. 
Shooting or discharging of a firearm by a person having on his person a legally issued and then valid hunting license, which firearm is actually aimed at legal game and only during a legal open season recognized by the fish and game laws, provided that the firearm so used must be a legal weapon allowed to be employed for the type of hunting being so conducted, and further provided that the gun is being employed in the manner required by said fish and game laws, and further provided that the person so engaged is not in violation of any statute or ordinance relating to trespass or to the use of property.
B. 
Shooting or discharging any firearm by any duly authorized law enforcement officer of the United States, the State of New Jersey, the County of Morris or the Township of Jefferson while in the performance of his duties.
C. 
Shooting or discharging any firearm at a legally established rifle or pistol range, or for target practice pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:39-6, provided that a permit shall first be obtained for such use from the Chief of Police, on written application therefor, and after proof that said use will not endanger the safety, lives or property of any person.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 247-4 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 9-21-1970 by Ord. No. 273]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge before whom such conviction shall be had.