[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Cumberland 11-22-1979, as amended through 12-12-1990; amended in its entirety 1-14-2019. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any instrument used in the propulsion of pellets, shot, shells or bullets by action of gunpowder, compressed air or gas exploded or released within it, and includes any weapon commonly referred to as a "pistol," "revolver," "rifle," "gun," "machine gun," or "shotgun." Any weapon that can be made into a firearm by the insertion of a firing pin, or other similar thing, or by repair, is a firearm.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or hunt with any firearm other than a shotgun, muzzleloader, or pistol within the limits of the Town of Cumberland.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any type of firearm within 300 feet of any dwelling other than his or her own, or any commercial, industrial, governmental or institutional building to include schools.
It shall be unlawful to discharge any firearm on the following municipal properties: Town Forest, Twin Brook Recreational Facility, Broad Cove Reserve (except for otherwise legal firearms discharge in the course of waterfowl hunting), West Cumberland Athletic Complex, and Val Halla golf course.
This chapter shall not apply to the islands within the limits of the Town, to indoor or outdoor shooting ranges conducted by an organization affiliated with the National Rifle Association, to any law enforcement officials in the performance of their duties, or to any person utilizing a firearm in the otherwise legal defense of a person or property.
This chapter shall not apply to a person discharging firearms at any deer, raccoons, skunks, woodchucks or other wild animals doing damage to any orchard or growing crops, provided that such person is acting in accordance with applicable state statutes. Such person shall seek permission from the Chief of Police or his/her designee prior to commencing such activity. Immediately prior to commencing such activity, such person shall notify the Police Department of the time and location where such activity is proposed and shall also notify the Police Department immediately upon the completion of such activity, unless other arrangements are made with the Police Chief. Such person shall exhibit to the Police Chief or his/her designee, once during its effective period, any written permission required by state statute, regulation, or Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for such activity. The Police Department may impose such reasonable restrictions upon the time or location of such activities, and the type of firearms to be used, as may be necessary to protect the public health and safety; it shall not prevent any such activity unless it has evidence that the person proposing the same is not competent to do so safely or that the conditions required for safe undertaking of such activity cannot be met, and it shall not require any police officer to observe or take part in such activities.
This chapter shall not apply to the discharge of rimfire firearms, when discharged for the purposes of night hunting of raccoons as authorized by M.R.S.A. Title 12, Section 11901, provided all other provisions of ordinance and law are followed.