[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cinnaminson 4-9-1963 by Ord. No. 1963-3 (Sec. 2.156 of the 1995 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees — See Ch. 265.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions are hereby established:
- Any bow and steel-tipped arrow, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or any weapon that expels a charge by the combustion of powder or other means.
- Includes the singular and plural and shall mean and include any person, firm or partnership, corporation, association, club, society or any other firm or association or organization.
- TARGET RANGE
- Any place designed, used or intended to be used for the discharge of any firearms at a fixed mark or target.
From and after the passage of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person to open, operate or maintain, or cause to be opened, operated or maintained, any rifle range, as herein defined, within the limits of the Township of Cinnaminson, without first having obtained a permit to do so and without first complying with the standards and regulations herein stated.
Applications for the permit required by this chapter shall be filed with the Township Clerk upon forms to be furnished by her. Said application shall be signed by the applicant, if an individual, and by a duly authorized agent, if a partnership or corporation. Said application shall set forth the following information:
The name and address of the record owner of the real estate upon which such range is located.
The name and address of the person in charge of and responsible for the maintenance of the said range.
A description by way of map or sketch of the range, including the lot and block numbers, as shown on the Tax Assessment Map, upon which the range is located; the location upon said lot of the range, stating the distance in feet between the firing points and the furthest targets, between the targets and the nearest property line, and between the firing points and the nearest property line and direction of firing; and a full and complete description of the plan for construction of the place for stopping and controlling bullets. Said sketch or description shall show all houses, barns or other buildings and all streets or highways within 2,000 feet and in direction of fire of any part of said range, and 1,000 feet on either side of the direction of fire.
The Township Clerk shall refer each application for permit hereunder to the Chief of Police, who shall forthwith make or cause to be made an investigation of the character of the applicant and of the fitness and suitability of the range from the standpoint of public safety and compliance with the regulations therefor hereinafter set forth.
After completing such investigation, the Chief of Police shall return said application, with his recommendation endorsed thereon, to the Township Clerk; on said application and in his report he shall indicate his recommendation of approval or disapproval of the range; he may make suggestions for additional safety precautions to be taken by the applicant. In the event of disapproval, the reasons for the same shall be set forth by the Chief of Police in writing. The application with the reasons of disapproval shall be returned to the applicant.
In the event of approval, said application with the approval of the Chief of Police endorsed thereon shall be submitted by the Township Clerk to the Township Committee for its action. The Township Committee may thereupon authorize the issuance of the permit or may conduct such further investigation of the facts set forth in the application as it shall deem necessary before granting said permit.
Upon receipt of the application from the Chief of Police with his endorsement thereon approving the same, and the resolution of the Township Committee authorizing the issuance of the permit, the Township Clerk shall issue the permit upon the payment of a fee as set forth in Chapter 265, Fees, by the applicant for the range to be licensed. All such permits shall be for the period of one year and shall expire on the 31st day of December next following the date of issuance, and there shall be no rebate for any lesser time. The permit shall be conspicuously exhibited upon the premises licensed thereunder.
No permit shall be issued unless the following specifications have been met with respect to construction:
Not less than 18 inches nor more than 36 inches behind each target, there shall be a steel plate not smaller than 30 inches square and not thinner than 3/8 of an inch, attached or affixed in such manner as meets with the approval of the Chief of Police.
At a distance of not more than six feet behind each target shall be maintained a barricade not less than six feet square and not less than 12 inches thick, consisting of sandbags or other material of equal density.
No permit shall be issued for any rifle range unless, in addition to any other requirements and specifications provided in this chapter, such range is so constructed and maintained so as to prevent any shot, bullet or missile going beyond the property line on which said range is located. The applicant shall provide proper bullet stops, which may be natural slopes or of such artificial construction so as to ensure that no shot, bullet or missile will go beyond such stops; no bullet stops shall consist of brick, stone or concrete walls; proper stops and wings shall be provided so as to prevent the ricochet of bullets, shot or missile. Applicant shall comply with the specifications of the National Rifle Association of America, or equivalent, in the construction of bullet stops, ranges, and to adopt its recommendations for safety. The applicant shall also provide and maintain adequate fences surrounding the area designated as the rifle range. Regularly spaced signs shall be posted which will indicate that the area enclosed is a rifle range and that no trespassing is permitted.
The failure of the applicant to maintain such bullet stops or to take the above precautions shall subject the applicant to a revocation of the range permit after due hearing on notice has been held. Each target or rifle range shall be under the supervision of qualified persons. The Chief of Police is authorized to qualify the type of rifle or weapon to be used on a range, his qualifications to be based on the proper bullet stops and wings installed and the safety precautions provided and taken.
The Chief of Police is empowered to make regular inspections of at least three-month intervals in order to carry out the provisions of this section. Where in his opinion a range is being conducted contrary to the provisions of this chapter, is not under qualified supervision and is not conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations hereof, and such a violation constitutes a danger to the safety of the public and adjacent property owners, he shall have the right to direct the discontinuance temporarily of the use of the said range, in which case he shall submit his report in writing to the Township Committee for appropriate action under this chapter. The Township Committee, after hearing on due notice to the applicant, may revoke or suspend the permit granted for failure to comply with the terms of this chapter or any of the rules or regulations relating to the use of the rifle range.
No person or persons shall open or operate a rifle range under this chapter before 10:00 a.m., prevailing time, on any weekday, or before 1:00 p.m., prevailing time, on Sunday, and not later than one hour before sunset.
Hereafter no person shall discharge a firearm, as defined above, of any type, at any place in the Township of Cinnaminson other than at a target range as permitted herein, except that this prohibition will not apply to a landowner and his immediate family, or his lessee and his immediate family, or by employees of an owner or lessee on lands which said persons own, lease or are employed, provided said lands are 10 acres or larger. Hunters shall report to the Police Department before hunting within Cinnaminson Township.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the members of the Police Department of the Township of Cinnaminson, the members of any municipal, county or State of New Jersey Police Department, Detectives of the office of the Prosecutor of Burlington County, Conservation Officers of the State of New Jersey, or any other person authorized by the statutes of New Jersey to carry firearms, when said firearms shall be used in the performance of their duties. Any ranges set up by them in the Township of Cinnaminson shall comply with the safety regulations as provided for in this chapter.
Any person who violates or causes, suffers or permits the violation of any provision or provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine not exceeding $200 for each offense, or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Judge before whom such conviction shall be had. In case of failure of any person to pay any fine imposed hereunder, such Judge may cause such person to be imprisoned in the county jail for any term not exceeding 90 days. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.