City of Springfield, MA
Hampden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Springfield as Title 8, Ch. 8.12, of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Curfew — See Ch. 157.
Gang activity — See Ch. 190.
Graffiti — See Ch. 201.
Noise — See Ch. 259.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 275.
No person shall willfully, intentionally and without right throw into, against or upon, or put or place or explode, or cause to be exploded on the track of any railway company, gunpowder or other explosive, or a bombshell, torpedo or other instrument filled or loaded with an explosive.
No person shall discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm in any of the streets, highways, public squares or commons in the City; provided that this section shall not apply to the use of such weapons in the lawful defense of the person, family or property of anyone, or in the performance of any duty required by law, nor to the firing of a salute of cannon or artillery by permission of the Mayor and City Council.
[Amended 3-18-1999]
No person under the age of 18 shall have an air rifle, a CO2 rife or so-called BB gun, or paint ball gun or any air-powered weapon in his/her possession while in any place to which the public has a right of access unless he/she is accompanied by an adult or unless he/she has on his/her person a permit from the Chief of Police of a city or town in which he/she resides granting him/her the right of such possession or a firearm identification card. No person shall discharge or project by any means a BB shot, pellet or other object from an air rifle, a CO2 rifle or so-called BB gun, paint ball gun, pellet gun, air pipe, spring gun, water gun, bow gun or cross bow, or any other weapon any missile or substance whatsoever into, from or across any street, alley, public way, or railroad or railway right-of-way, or motor vehicle within the City. Whoever violates this section may be punished by a fine of $50, and the air rifle or so-called BB gun or other weapon shall be confiscated. Upon conviction of a violation of this section, the air rifle, CO2 rifle or so-called BB gun or other weapon shall, by the written authority of the court, be forwarded to the Colonel of the State Police, who may dispose of said article in the same manner as prescribed in MGL c. 269, § 10. Any person who is in willful violation of this section may be arrested without a warrant by a police officer where the offense is committed and kept in custody until he/she can be taken before a court having jurisdiction over the offense as prescribed in MGL c. 272, § 59.
No steel-pointed darts or pointed missiles shall be sold at retail within the limits of the City to any person less than 16 years of age.
No steel knives, machetes or swords with a blade length of 17 inches or more shall be sold at retail within the limits of the City to any person less than 16 years of age.