[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Goshen 9-1-1954. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peace and good order — See Ch. 59.
It shall be unlawful and it is hereby prohibited for any person, persons, firm or corporation to store, sell, offer or expose for sale at retail or have in their possession with intent to sell at retail or have in their possession on any public street, alley, place, yard or lot within the limits of the Township of West Goshen any air rifle or air pistol, commonly known as a "BB gun," "slingshot" or any similar device. The term "a sale at retail" shall mean any sale of less than one dozen such articles or any sale to anyone who is not a bona fide dealer therein.
The Chief of Police of the Township of West Goshen or any member of the Police Department of the township is hereby authorized to seize, remove and destroy any air rifle or air pistol, commonly known as a "BB gun," "slingshot" or similar device, which is held and possessed within the Township of West Goshen in violation of this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to such offenses as can be prosecuted under the provisions of any state law nor shall they apply to guns or pistols having rifled barrels and being commonly used for target practice and the shooting of small game. For the purposes of this chapter, such articles shall be deemed to be a deadly weapon and subject to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with respect to the sale and use thereof.
[Amended 7-24-1996 by Ord. No. 7-1996; 3-12-1997 by Ord. No. 2-1997]
Any person who violates or permits the violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be subject to the payment of a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment in the County Prison for a term of not more than 30 days. Each provision of this chapter that is violated shall constitute a separate offense, and each day or portion thereof in which a violation of this chapter is found to exist shall constitute a separate offense, each of which violations shall be punishable by a separate fine imposed by the District Justice of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution, or upon default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment in the County Prison for a term of not more than 30 days. All fines and penalties collected for the violation of this chapter shall be paid to the Township Treasurer.