Town of Rotterdam, NY
Schenectady County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Rotterdam 6-15-1983 by L.L. No. 9-1983. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 268-1 Purpose.

A. 
It shall be the purpose of this chapter to prohibit the discharge, in the Town of Rotterdam, of any projectile-firing weapon in a manner that is unsafe or destructive to persons and/or property, and to limit the possession of loaded weapons in public places within the Town of Rotterdam.
B. 
It shall not be the purpose of this chapter to infringe the rights of citizens to possess firearms and other weapons or to curtail recreational hunting and target shooting when conducted in a safe manner and within the laws of the State of New York.

§ 268-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PUBLIC PLACE
A place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access, and includes, but is not limited to highways, transportation facilities, schools, places of amusement, parks, playgrounds, stores, restaurants, taverns, parking lots, hallways, lobbies and other portions of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence.
WEAPONS
Includes all rifles, shotguns, handguns, cannons, air guns, bows and arrows, crossbows, slingshots, spear guns and any other device from which a projectile is propelled by means of smokeless powder, black powder, compressed air, gas, rocket, springs or elastic materials, or any combination thereof.

§ 268-3 Discharge restricted.

On and after the effective date of this chapter, it shall be unlawful to discharge any weapon within the boundaries of the Town of Rotterdam except as provided for in this chapter.

§ 268-4 Possession of loaded weapons in public places.

On and after the effective date of this chapter, it shall be unlawful to possess a loaded weapon in any public place in the Town of Rotterdam unless duly licensed under law or as provided for in this chapter.

§ 268-5 Exempted activities.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
A. 
Peace officers in the performance of their duty.
B. 
Any citizen when lawfully defending his person or property.
C. 
A licensed trapper when discharging a .22 caliber rimfire weapon toward the ground for the purpose of dispatching a legally trapped animal at close range.

§ 268-6 Exempted areas.

A. 
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to that portion of the Town of Rotterdam encompassed by the following boundaries: from a point where the southwesterly margin of the New York State Thruway Authority right-of-way is intersected by the boundary line of the Town of Rotterdam and the Town of Princetown; and thence in a generally southeasterly and southerly direction along the southwesterly margin of the New York State Thruway Authority right-of-way to Dunnsville Road; thence southerly along Dunnsville Road to New York State Route 406 (Gifford Church Road); thence southwesterly along New York State Route 406 to the boundary line of the Town of Rotterdam and the Town of Princetown; thence generally northwesterly and northerly along that boundary line to the point of origin.
B. 
In those areas of the Town of Rotterdam described below but excluding the area within the boundaries of West Hill Development, Incorporated, and the area 250 feet to each side of the paved portion of the Schenectady, Bike-Hike Trail, the discharge of a bow and arrow or a shotgun using pellet shot shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter only when being used for hunting in accordance with all New York State and federal laws and regulations governing hunting.
C. 
This chapter shall apply to all other weapons and to all other uses of bow and arrow or shotgun within those portions of the Town of Rotterdam encompassed by the following boundaries:
(1) 
From a point where the boundary line of the Town of Rotterdam and the Town of Princetown intersects the northeastern margin of the New York State Thruway Authority right-of-way; thence northerly along the boundary line of the Town of Rotterdam and the Town of Princetown to the Montgomery County line; thence northeasterly along the Montgomery County line to the boundary line of the Town of Rotterdam and the Town of Glenville; thence southeasterly along the boundary line of the Town of Rotterdam and the Town of Glenville to the City of Schenectady; thence generally westerly and southwesterly along the boundary line of the Town of Rotterdam and the City of Schenectady to its intersection with the Delaware and Hudson Railroad line; thence westerly along the northern side of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad to its intersection with the Penn Central Transportation Company railroad line; thence southerly along the western margin of the Penn Central Transportation Company railroad line to its intersection with Burdeck Street; thence southwesterly along the northern side of Burdeck Street to its intersection with Duanesburg Road, thence westerly along the northern side of Duanesburg Road to the New York State Thruway; thence northerly and northwesterly along the eastern margin of the New York State Thruway right-of-way to the point of origin.
(2) 
Starting at the intersection of Duanesburg Road and the Penn Central Transportation Company railroad line; thence southerly along the western margin of the Penn Central Transportation Company railroad line to the New York State Thruway; thence southeasterly along the southwestern margin of the New York State Thruway Authority right-of-way to the Albany County line; thence westerly along the Albany County line to the boundary line of the Town of Rotterdam and the Town of Princetown; thence northwesterly along the boundary line of the Town of Rotterdam and the Town of Princetown to New York State Route 406 (Giffords Church Road); thence easterly along Giffords Church Road to Dunnsville Road; thence northerly along Dunnsville Road to the intersection of Duanesburg Road; thence easterly along Duanesburg Road to the point of origin.

§ 268-7 Target ranges; temporary permits.

A. 
Target ranges.
(1) 
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the discharge or possession of weapons on target ranges approved by the Chief of Police of the Town of Rotterdam. The Chief of Police shall have the duty to act on any written request for approval of a target range within a period of 30 days, and such requests shall be denied only for reasons of safety or violation of existing laws. The Chief of Police shall have the power to make safety restrictions and specifications for ranges. In no case shall specifications or restrictions be more stringent than those specified by the National Rifle Association or the National Shooting Sports Foundation, except that the discharge of firearms may be limited to the hours between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. A certificate of approval shall be provided without fee and a copy of it shall be kept on file by the Police Department. Certificates shall be valid until surrendered or revoked. Any target range where shooters are charged a fee must prominently display such certificate. Ranges shall be subject to inspection by any duly authorized peace officer.
(2) 
The discharge of bow and arrow on a home archery range shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter if the range has been recorded with the Chief of Police of the Town of Rotterdam on a duplicate form available at the Rotterdam Town Hall or at the Rotterdam Police Station. The record shall include signatures indicating consent by the heads of the households of the nearest dwelling within 500 feet to either side of the range and the heads of the households of every dwelling within 500 feet in the down-range direction. The applicant must certify by his/her signature that the range will be operated in a safe manner and that the combination of target and backstop is capable of stopping any arrow shot from the bow(s) being used and that the height and width of the backstop are no less than three feet each for a range of 10 yards plus one foot for each additional 10 yards or part thereof.
(3) 
Private noncommercial ranges for spring-, air-, gas- or elastic-powered weapons shall not require approval if they are constructed and operated entirely indoors on premises owned or leased by the operator.
B. 
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to issue temporary permits to exempt shows, exhibitions, demonstrations, instructions, shooting galleries operated for charity as part of a bazaar or carnival and other such shooting activities from the provisions of this chapter.

§ 268-8 Penalties for offenses; seizure.

A. 
A violation of this chapter and/or any of the regulations herein contained is hereby declared a violation and shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 and by imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Any weapon or ammunition involved in any violations of this chapter and/or any of the regulations herein contained may be seized without warrant as evidence, and upon the conviction for said violation all seized articles shall become the property of the Town of Rotterdam.

§ 268-9 Map.

Attached hereto and made a part hereof is a map of the Town of Rotterdam delineating weapon use boundaries as described in Local Law No. 9 of the year 1983.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The map delineating weapon use boundaries in on file in the office of the Town Clerk.