Township of West Whiteland, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Whiteland 2-21-1983 by Ord. No. 91 (Ch. 6, Part 7, of the 1983 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 230.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FIREARMS
Shall include air gun, air pistol, spring gun or pistol, shotgun, rifles and pistols of any caliber.
A. 
Except as herein provided, it shall be unlawful to fire or discharge any firearm within the Township of West Whiteland.
B. 
The use of firearms is permitted when employed by any duly appointed law officer in the course of his/her official duty.
C. 
The use of firearms is permitted when necessary for the preservation of human life as authorized in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.
D. 
The use of firearms is permitted when hunting in conformity with the Game Laws and other applicable laws, regulations and ordinances of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and this Township.
[Amended 2-10-2016 by Ord. No. 431]
The use of firearms shall be allowed on target ranges, indoor or outdoor, under the supervision of the owner or occupant of the land or his or her duly appointed representative provided that:
A. 
All target ranges shall be constructed and operated in a safe and prudent manner. If standards, regulations or recommended procedures for operation are established or promulgated by any recognized body, such as the National Rifle Association or the American Trap Shooting Association, then such standards, regulations or procedures shall be adhered to.
B. 
Such range is registered as such with the Township by the owner or occupant of the land on which the range is located, which registration shall specify the area or areas designated for target range purposes.
The careless, reckless or improper use of any firearm tending to imperil or cause danger or harm to personal security or endanger the property of any person within the Township of West Whiteland is prohibited.
[Amended 11-7-1983 by Ord. No. 97; 6-14-1994 by Ord. No. 220; 6-10-1997 by Ord. No. 257]
A person or persons using or discharging a firearm in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine in the amount of at least $50, but not to exceed $1,000, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Township. Upon a finding of liability for committing said violation or permitting said violation, in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township, the defendant shall pay the fine, plus all court costs, including attorney fees. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of determination of a violation by a District Justice. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure.
Legible signs giving public notice of this chapter shall be posted at or near the public highways at the boundaries of West Whiteland Township.