Town of Medfield, MA
Norfolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Medfield ATM 4-28-1992 (Art. IV, Sec. 9, of the 1926 Bylaws). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall fire or discharge or shoot any firearm, rifle or shotgun as defined in MGL c. 140, § 121, as may be amended from time to time, or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means in the Town of Medfield.
To the extent not otherwise prohibited by law, the provisions of this Bylaw shall not apply to the discharge of firearms, rifles or shotguns:
In the lawful defense of the person; or
For the humane dispatch of injured animals; or
By any person lawfully on a target, trap or skeet range established for such purposes; or
By any duly authorized peace officer acting in the proper performance of duty; or
By any duly authorized military personnel participating in scheduled military exercises; or
By any person using blank cartridges in theatrical performances or sporting events, or including precomputation training or as authorized by during the celebration of federal or state holidays; or
By an owner or tenant of land (or if authorized by either, any member of the immediate family or person permanently employed by such owner or tenant), but only upon such land and for the limited purposes of:
Shooting a bird or other animal found to be damaging or posing the imminent threat of damage to the property of such person or persons; and
Shooting domestic animals raised as livestock.
[ATM 4-26-1994; amended 4-28-2014 ATM by Art. 32]
Any person violating the provisions of this Bylaw shall, for each offense, be punished by a fine not exceeding $300 for each offense. This Bylaw shall be enforced by any Medfield police officer.
[5-4-1981; amended ATM 4-26-1994]
Whoever violates any Section of this Bylaw shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $300 for each offense, which shall inure to the Town. Such fines shall be recovered by indictment or on complaint before a district court or by noncriminal disposition in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws.