[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Perinton 8-27-1980 by L.L. No. 4-1980 (Ch. 92 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Discharge of firearms in parks — See Ch. 159.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Firearms Law of the Town of Perinton" and is established pursuant to § 130 of the Town Law of New York State.
The purpose of this chapter is to promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare of the general public and residents within certain described boundaries of the Town of Perinton by prohibiting the discharge of firearms within such areas as it is hazardous to the general public or nearby residents.
[Amended 8-13-1986 by L.L. No. 4-1986]
It is hereby determined that it is a hazardous activity to permit the discharge of firearms in an area of the Town bounded and described as follows (excluding those areas within the corporate limits of the Village of Fairport), said area to be referred to as the restricted area:
On the west by the west boundary line of the Town.
On the north by the north boundary line of the Town.
On the east by a line drawn from the north boundary line of the Town to the south boundary line of the Town as follows: from the north boundary line of the Town along Fellows Road to and along Furman Road, to and along Carter Road, to and along Whitney Road to the county line, south along County Line Road to and along Macedon Center Road, to and along Lyndon Road, to and along the Barge Canal, southeast along the Barge Canal to an imaginary straight line extension of Aldrich Road, south along the imaginary extension of Aldrich Road, to and along Aldrich Road, to and along Pittsford Palmyra Road, to and along Victor Road, to the south boundary of the Town.
[Amended 11-29-1989 by L.L. No. 5-1989]
On the south by the south boundary line of the Town.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any shotgun, revolver, pistol, rifle or other firearm within the restricted area of the Town of Perinton except as hereinafter excepted. Firearms shall not be interpreted to include spring guns, air guns, bows and arrows or other instruments not employing an explosive substance, nor shall it apply to a starter pistol used to begin an athletic event.
The prohibitions of this chapter shall not apply to:
Any law enforcement officers, including game wardens, while engaged in the discharge of their duties.
Any resident of the Town of Perinton while on land owned by such resident; or any person in possession of a dated, written authorization from the owner or from a duly authorized lessee, who has written permission to grant such authorization of the land on which the firearm is being used. Such written authorization shall expire at 12:00 midnight on the expiration date set forth in the authorization. When no expiration date is shown, such written, dated authorization shall expire no later than the end of the calendar year in which the authorization was granted.
The defense of one's person or property or the person or property of another.
The regulated use of a pistol, rifle or target range operated and maintained by any organization duly organized by law for such purposes and approved by the local law enforcement agency.
Programs conducted by a public school, the Town Recreation and Parks Department or persons certified by the National Rifle Association and approved by the New York State Conservation Department offering instruction and training in the use of firearms.
[Amended 8-13-1986 by L.L. No. 4-1986]
It shall be presumptive evidence of a violation of this chapter if a person is found carrying an uncased, assembled firearm in a restricted area, soon after any law enforcement officer or other person hears a firearm discharged and after, upon examination of the person's firearm, such officer determines that it has been recently discharged. Such person shall then have the burden of rebutting such presumption by proving that such person is protected by one of the above stated exceptions.
[Amended 12-10-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997]
Any violation of this chapter is hereby declared to be an offense, punishable pursuant to Chapter 115, Enforcement Procedures.
A minimum of four signs giving notice that there is a Firearms Control Law in effect shall be posted within the Town of Perinton. No less than one sign shall be placed in each of the four major directions along a major highway near the boundary of the Town.