Township of Whitpain, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Whitpain 10-7-1957 by Ord. No. 17. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Disturbing the peace — See Ch. 83.
[Amended 10-19-1963 by Ord. No. 17-1]
It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt for, catch, take, wound or kill game of any kind through the use of a gun, shotgun, pistol, rifle, revolver or bow and arrow within the Township of Whitpain.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GAME
All wild birds and wild animals, whether protected or unprotected under the game laws of the commonwealth, found in a wild state.
[Amended 10-19-1963 by Ord. No. 17-1]
This chapter shall not prohibit the owner, occupier or members of their respective families or clubs or their invitees having written approval of the owner or occupier of any tract of land in Whitpain Township from hunting thereon with a shotgun or with a bow and arrow as permitted by the Pennsylvania state game laws.
[Added 5-19-1986 by Ord. No. 165]
A. 
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged or permit to be discharged any firearm, air gun, weapon or other device or mechanism which propels a projectile with force in or over any public highway or place in Whitpain Township, or in or over any private place in Whitpain Township over which such person has dominion or control unless a suitable barrier should exist or has been erected on such private place of sufficient size and density to prevent such projectile from passing through the same and unless such firearm, air gun, device or mechanism is discharged towards, into or against said barrier in such a manner as to prevent said projectile from passing over, under or to either side of the same and to prevent danger to life, limb or property in the space between the point of discharge and the said barrier.
B. 
Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prevent the legitimate use of firearms by police officers or licensed gunners during prescribed seasons, nor the bona fide destruction, through the use of firearms, of wildlife and vermin inimical to agriculture or animal husbandry by farmers or their duly constituted agents where such wildlife and vermin are causing substantial and established damage and loss to farm crops or domestic animals, nor trap- or skeet shooting where shotguns are used and where, from the point of discharge, there is a clear semicircular range in the direction of fire of not less than 800 feet, and such identified uses are hereby excepted from the limitations and regulations of this chapter.
[Amended 12-3-1973 by Ord. No. 92; 5-19-1986 by Ord. No. 165; 1-2-1989 by Ord. No. 184]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a summary offense and, when convicted before a District Justice, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs of prosecution or, in default of payment thereof, shall undergo imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding 30 days.