[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hanover 7-11-1991 by Ord. No. 16-91. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Police Department — See Ch. 53.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any firearm, bow and arrow, crossbow or any device which could be utilized to shoot, cast or propel any projectile and/or any device that has been altered to shoot, cast or propel any projectile.
The discharge, firing or use of any firearm or other type of weapon of any nature whatsoever within the Township of Hanover is specifically prohibited, except for the specific purpose of protecting one's person and property and for sport within the area in the Township wherein hunting is permitted as designated by the Township Committee of the Township of Hanover and depicted on the map. The place designated on the map is that in which permits issued by the Township shall be effective, and no person shall discharge, fire or use any gun, pistol, firearm or bow and arrow in any other area or location in the Township. Such area presently designated for hunting is subject to change and revision from time to time by the Township Committee as growth and development would cause such area to be deemed unsafe for the purpose of hunting.
Editor's Note: The map is on file and available from the office of the Chief of Police.
No person shall discharge a firearm or any other type of weapon even within the area within the Township of Hanover wherein hunting is permitted by ordinance unless a permit has been obtained from the Township of Hanover. The issuance of such a permit shall be in the complete and sole discretion of the Chief of Police of the Township of Hanover.
Any person desiring to make application under § 129-2 of this chapter for a permit to discharge a firearm or any other type of weapon shall complete and file an application with the Hanover Township Police Department on forms provided by the Police Department. Said person will then be investigated by the Detective Bureau and its recommendations made to the Chief of Police within 15 business days.
No permit shall be issued unless the applicant specifically states in the application where the discharge, firing or use of said firearm or other type of weapon is to take place, over what period of time, and, if on land not owned by the applicant, proof of permission to utilize the land from the owner shall also accompany the application.
The applicant shall be photographed by the Recreation and Park Administration Department of the Township of Hanover and shall pay a prescribed fee to defray the cost of the photograph as set forth in Chapter 125, Fees, of the Code of the Township of Hanover.
Editor's Note: Pursuant to Ord. No. 12-10, adopted 4-8-2010, the title of this department was changed from Parks and Recreation Department to Recreation and Park Administration Department.
Any person having made an application and having been granted a permit may annually thereafter renew said application and permit by a written request to the Detective Bureau, which request for said renewal shall be reviewed and acted upon by the Chief of Police or his designee. Each application for renewal shall be accompanied by a fee as set forth in Chapter 125, Fees, of the Code of the Township of Hanover.
All firearm permits shall be for a period of one year from April to March 1 in any one year shall expire on March 31 of the following year.
Any person or persons discharging any firearm or any other type of weapon in the Township of Hanover contrary to the terms of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both.