Township of Concord, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Concord as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-11-1963 by Ord. No. 33]
As used in this article, the term "firearm" shall include shotguns, air guns, air pistols, spring guns or pistols, rifles and pistols of any caliber or any implement which impels with force a pellet of any kind.
[Amended 1-5-1998 by Ord. No. 221]
Except as herein provided otherwise, it shall be unlawful and it is hereby prohibited for any person or persons to fire or discharge any firearm within the Township of Concord, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
A. 
No person shall, except in defense of person or property or on an approved target range under adult supervision, fire or discharge any firearm within the Township of Concord.
B. 
Nothing herein contained shall prohibit the use of a shotgun using scatter shot at any time by anyone otherwise lawfully permitted to use the same; the use of a shotgun using a rifle slug during the official Pennsylvania deer season and for deer hunting, provided that said gun is not discharged within 150 yards of any building; the use of any type of firearm on an approved target range under adult supervision; or the use of firearms by any person licensed to carry such firearms for law enforcement purposes.
[Amended 1-5-1998 by Ord. No. 221]
C. 
No gun or firearm of any type may be discharged outside the confines of any building for any purpose within one mile of the edge of any school zone.
[Added 4-5-2011 by Ord. No. 335]
[Amended 6-2-1975 by Ord. No. 91]
A. 
Outdoor target ranges may be permitted subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
A permit for the installation and use of outdoor target ranges shall be secured from the Township Secretary. Said permit shall be for a period of one year from the date of issue, and the fee for such permit shall be $10;
(2) 
Said permit may only be issued to the owner of the premises to be used as an outdoor target range, and said range shall be for the owner's personal use;
(3) 
Said outdoor target range shall have a natural earth backstop or a backstop of the type and kind approved by the National Rifle Association;
(4) 
No part of said outdoor target range shall be located within 100 yards of any property line;
(5) 
Said outdoor target range may only be used as a target range during the hours of 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., prevailing time, Mondays through Saturdays, inclusive, and shall not be used on Sundays;
(6) 
No person shall discharge on said outdoor target range at any time any firearm having a caliber in excess of a .22 caliber; and
(7) 
A target range located wholly within a residence or a building used on a lot in connection with a residence may be used in accordance with the terms of this article without securing a permit.
B. 
Any police officer lawfully engaged in his law enforcement duties within the Township of Concord is hereby authorized to seize and confiscate any firearm, as defined herein, which shall be fired or discharged within the limits of the Township of Concord in violation of this article.
[Amended 1-5-1998 by Ord. No. 221]
[Amended 6-2-1975 by Ord. No. 91; 12-3-1996 by Ord. No. 206]
A. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article or who permits the violation of any provision of this article shall pay a fine of $600.
B. 
Each violation for each separate day and each violation of any provision of this article shall constitute a separate and distinct violation.
C. 
Any person who violates or permits the violation of any provision of this article shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by Concord Township, pay the fine prescribed by this article, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by Concord Township.
D. 
Enforcement of this article shall be the responsibility of the Township Manager, Zoning Officer, Building Inspector, Plumbing Inspector or Fire Marshal, as appropriate, who shall follow the enforcement procedure set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I, Violations and Penalties.
[Adopted 12-3-1991 by Ord. No. 183]
[Amended 1-5-1998 by Ord. No. 221]
The provisions of this article shall not apply to the use of bows and arrows in schools and clubs under competent adult supervision. Nor shall this article prohibit the use of bows and arrows in accordance with the Game and Wildlife Code, Act 93 of July 8, 1986, P.L.442 (34 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.).
The following words, when used in this article, shall have the meanings given to them in this section, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ARROW
A missile shot from a bow, having a slender shaft with fletching or vanes at the butt and a pointed head.
BOW
A weapon which propels an arrow, is hand-held, hand-drawn, held in the drawn position by hand or by a hand-held mechanical device and released by hand.
The Board of Supervisors or its designee is authorized to issue permits for outdoor target ranges after the inspection and approval of such ranges. Outdoor target ranges may be permitted subject to the following regulations:
A. 
A permit for the installation and use of outdoor target ranges shall be secured from the Township Secretary. Said permit shall be for a period of one year from the date of issue, and the fee for such permit shall be $10;
B. 
Said permit may only be issued to the owner of the premises to be used as an outdoor target range, including owners of two or more adjoining premises applying for a range for their joint use, and said range shall be for the permittee's personal use;
C. 
Said outdoor target range shall have a natural earth or artificial backstop so that the arrow cannot travel more than 15 yards beyond the target aimed at, after making due allowance for deflection in any direction not to exceed an angle of 45°, or a backstop of the type and kind approved by the National Rifle Association;
D. 
No part of said outdoor target range shall be located within 150 feet of the property line of the permittee, and the range shall be so constructed and located that no arrow can travel within 150 feet of the property line of the permittee (such property line being defined as the outside property perimeter of two or more adjoining premises where a joint permit has been issued);
E. 
Said outdoor target range may only be used as a target range daily during the daylight hours between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., prevailing time; and
F. 
A target range located wholly within a residence or a building used on a lot in connection with a residence may be used in accordance with the terms of this article without securing a permit.
Bow hunting shall be permitted within the Township only as conducted according to the Pennsylvania Game and Wildlife Code,[1] except that no such hunting shall be permitted within 150 feet of a property line or in a manner which could cause an arrow to pass within 150 feet of a property line.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 34 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.
[Amended 12-3-1996 by Ord. No. 206]
A. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article or who permits the violation of any provision of this article shall pay a fine of $600.
B. 
Each violation for each separate day and each violation of any provision of this article shall constitute a separate and distinct violation.
C. 
Any person who violates or permits the violation of any provision of this article shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by Concord Township, pay the fine prescribed by this article, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by Concord Township.
D. 
Enforcement of this article shall be the responsibility of the Township Manager, Zoning Officer, Building Inspector, Plumbing Inspector or Fire Marshal, as appropriate, who shall follow the enforcement procedure set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Violations and Penalties.