[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Norristown 10-4-2016 by Ord. No. 16-14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Former Ch. 155, Firearms and Weapons, was repealed as follows: Art. I, adopted 4-6-1982 as Ch. 109 of the 1981 Code, as amended, and Art. II, adopted 3-7-1989 by Res. No. 89-109, were repealed 1-5-2015 by Ord. No. 15-01. Former Art. III, adopted 1-4-2010 by Ord. No. 10-02, was repealed 11-18-2014 by Ord. No. 14-14.
The Norristown Municipal Council desires to require that persons who have lost a firearm or have had a firearm stolen must report the loss or theft to the Norristown Municipality Police Department within 72 hours after the discovery of the loss or theft, in order to permit the Department to record and maintain such information, and to permit the Department to commence efforts to search for the lost or stolen firearm before it is used in a crime, and to further provide for the preservation of the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Municipality of Norristown.
Anyone who is the owner of a firearm that is lost or stolen within the Municipality shall report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Norristown Police Department within 72 hours after discovery of the loss or theft of the firearm. Failure to so report a lost or stolen firearm is a violation subject to the penalties set forth under this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any pistol or revolver with a barrel length less than 15 inches, any shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches or any rifle with a barrel length less than 16 inches, or any pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun with an overall length of less than 26 inches. The barrel length of a firearm shall be determined by measuring from the muzzle of the barrel to the face of the closed action, bolt or cylinder, whichever is applicable. If the definition of the term "firearm" set forth in 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6102 is amended after the effective date of this chapter, then this definition shall be automatically amended to reflect the definition of a "firearm" found therein.
The Police Department shall maintain a record of all reports of firearms reported as stolen in accordance with the terms of this chapter, and shall provide a report of the same to the Municipal Council on not less than an annual basis.
Any who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days.
The terms, conditions and provisions of this chapter are intended to supersede, repeal and replace any inconsistent terms, conditions or provisions of the General Laws of the Municipality of Norristown, and any term, condition or provision of the General Law not in conflict with the terms, conditions and provisions of this chapter shall survive the enactment of this chapter.
The terms, conditions and provisions of this chapter are hereby declared to be severable, and, should any portion, part or provision of this chapter be found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, unenforceable or unconstitutional, Municipal Council hereby declares its intent that the chapter shall have been enacted without regard to the invalid, unenforceable, or unconstitutional portion, part or provision of this chapter.
This chapter shall take effect five days following its legal enactment.