[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Beverly as Art. XXII, §§ 22.13 and 22.14, of the Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 11-17-1992 by Ord. No. 152]
No person shall hunt with a firearm, fire or discharge a rifle, shotgun, or handgun within the limits of the City; but to the extent not otherwise prohibited by law, the provisions of this section shall not apply to the discharge of firearms, rifles, or shotguns:
In the lawful defense of the person; or
By any duly authorized law enforcement officer acting in the proper performance of his or her duty; or
By any duly authorized military personnel participating in military exercises;
By any person using blank cartridges in theatrical performances, sporting events, or dog training; or
By a person lawfully on a target, trap, or skeet range established for such purposes; or
By a person legally licensed under MGL Chapter 131 to hunt on his or her own land or the land of another, with the written permission of the owner, tenant or person having control of said property; said written permission shall be carried with person hunting at all times; or
By a person hunting migratory game over the tidal waters within the City; or
By a person legally licensed under MGL Chapter 131 hunting on public land owned or maintained by the City or any subdivision thereof, so long as written permission of the City, or of its subdivision, is granted; said written permission shall be carried with the person hunting at all times.
A rifle or handgun of any caliber as defined by MGL c. 140, § 121, shall not be discharged or fired at any time for the purpose of hunting within the City.
Any police officer authorized to serve criminal process may arrest, without a warrant, any person found in violation of this section or any person whom said officer has probable cause to believe is in violation.
The penalty for violation of this section shall be a fine of not less than $50, nor more than $100, or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both.
[Amended 6-23-2004 by Ord. No. 182]
No person, except as provided by law, shall carry on his person, or carry on his person or under his control in a vehicle, any weapon or instrument identified in MGL c. 269, § 10, Paragraph (b), and MGL c. 269, § 12, any weapon or object commonly called "nun-chucks" or any substance or material; a shotgun having a barrel less than 18 inches in length; any saber, sword, or weapon of like or similar nature; any knife having any type of blade in excess of 2 1/2 inches (except when actually engaged in hunting or fishing or in going directly to and/or returning directly from such activities, or any employment which requires the use of any such type of knife); ice picks, dirks or similar weapons that are likely to penetrate through police officer's ballistic vests; or any other object or tool so redesigned, fashioned, prepared or treated that the same may be used to inflict bodily harm or injury to another.
Violation of any provisions of this section shall be subject to arrest and a fine of not more than $300 for each offense. Violation of any provisions of this section within a park, playground or on school property shall be subject to arrest and a fine of not more than $300.