Township of Stafford, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Stafford 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 85-42. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 153.

§ 107-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FIREARM
Any gun, shotgun, rifle, pistol, revolver or other device from which a bullet, shot, ball, slug, pellet, solid projectile or other missile or any gas, vapor or other noxious thing is propelled by means of a cartridge or shell or by the action of an explosive or the igniting of flammable or explosive substances.
TARGET RANGE
Any place designated, used or intended to be used for the discharge of any firearms at a fixed mark or target.

§ 107-2 Discharge and possession.

A. 
No person shall discharge any firearm upon or across any state, county or municipal road or highway nor within 450 feet of any occupied building, dwelling or school playground.
B. 
No person, except the owner or lessee of the property and person specifically authorized by him in writing, shall have in his possession a loaded firearm while within 450 feet of any occupied building, dwelling or school playground.

§ 107-3 Exceptions.

The provisions of § 107-2 shall not be construed to limit:
A. 
The discharge of a firearm in connection with a target behind which there exists a backstop or firing range, either natural or artificial, which has been approved by the Township Council as hereinafter provided.
B. 
The discharge of firearms on or in connection with trap or skeet shooting on ranges approved by the Township Council as hereinafter provided.
C. 
The discharge of firearms in defense of life or property.
D. 
The discharge of firearms by any police officer or other duly-authorized law enforcement officer in the performance of his official duties.

§ 107-4 Permit procedures.

The following provisions shall govern the application for and the granting or denying of the permit provided for by § 107-3A and B:
A. 
The applicant for initial approval shall file an application with the Township Clerk on a form provided by the Clerk and shall provide thereon information describing the firing range, trap shooting range, target and backstop in such detail as to provide an adequate basis for judging its safety. The application shall be endorsed by the property owner if the owner is other than the applicant.
B. 
An application for renewal of an existing approval shall be made within 30 days before the expiration of the existing approval and shall state whether any of the facts stated on the initial application have been changed and, if so, shall describe such changes.
C. 
Fees.
(1) 
Each application shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee as follows:
(a) 
For initial approval: $25.
(b) 
For annual renewal: $5.
(2) 
Such fees shall be deemed to cover the necessary investigation and shall be retained by the Township of Stafford whether or not approval is granted.
D. 
The application shall be forwarded by the Township Clerk to the Chief of Police, who shall cause the range or target area in question to be inspected and shall report thereon to the Township Council.
E. 
The Township Council shall thereafter approve or deny the application based on its determination as to whether the safety of the public, nearby property owners and property and the users of such ranges shall be assured.
F. 
In the event that the application is denied, the applicant shall be informed in writing as to the reasons for the denial.
G. 
In the event that the application is approved, such approval shall expire at the end of the calendar year for which it is granted and shall terminate forthwith upon alteration of any of the safety features or conditions described in the application or stipulated in the approval.

§ 107-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 2-21-1989 by Ord. No. 89-22]
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or by community service of not more than 90 days, or any combination of fine, imprisonment and community service as determined by the Municipal Court Judge. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.

§ 107-6 Fees.

[Added 5-1-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-14]
The Stafford Township Police Department will collect a fee in the amount of $5 for each application for a firearms purchaser identification card and a fee of $2 for each application for a permit to purchase a handgun. Such fees are in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:58-3f.