[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Washington 2-16-1965. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 5-3-1994 by Ord. No. 6-94]
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge any shotgun, pistol, rifle, revolver, cannon or other firearm, hand grenade, rocket, air rifle, air gun or gas gun, etc., or other contrivance in which cartridges or any other explosive is used or pellets are projected by air, gas or spring (hereinafter collectively referred to as "weapons"), within the confines of the Borough of Washington, except that charitable, historical, veterans, police or other similar not-for-profit groups may discharge weapons for parade and/or ceremonial purposes only, provided that there are no bullets, cartridges, pellets or harmful projectiles discharged from the weapons and the Chief of Police or his assignees have given his or their written approval and have certified that such organization meets the requirements of this chapter and its members are qualified to discharge weapons in such a manner so as not to endanger personal safety or property.
Target practice shall be permitted at any indoor or outdoor pistol or rifle range which may be already established or that may hereafter be established with the permission of the Mayor and Borough Council after such Mayor and Borough Council have satisfied themselves that the safety, health or welfare of the inhabitants of the Borough of Washington will not be endangered; provided, however, that should any pistol or rifle range now or hereafter established become or constitute a menace to the safety, health or welfare of the inhabitants of the Borough of Washington, the Mayor and Borough Council may revoke such permission and order such range closed for target practice.
It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or carry any shotgun, pistol, rifle, revolver or any other contrivance prohibited by § 40-1 hereof within the confines of the Borough of Washington when such shotgun, pistol, rifle, revolver or other contrivance is loaded and capable of being discharged.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the members of the Police Department of the Borough of Washington, the members of any municipal, county or State of New Jersey police department, detectives of the Office of the Prosecutor of Warren County or any other persons authorized by the statutes of New Jersey to carry firearms, when said firearms shall be used in the performance of official duties or for a purpose permitted by the Revised Statutes of the State of New Jersey.
[Amended 1-8-1974 by Ord. No. 34-73]
Any person, firm, corporation or association violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Judge before whom such person, firm, corporation or association shall be convicted.