Municipality of Bethel Park, PA
Allegheny County
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[Adopted by Ord. No. 12-1-50]
35.1.1. 
The following words and phrases when used in this ordinance shall have the meanings ascribed in this section unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
35.1.2. 
FIREARM — Shall mean any pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun which discharges bullet, cartridge, shell, shot or other missile propelled by the burning or explosion of gunpowder.
35.1.3. 
AIR GUN — Shall mean any gun which uses air under pressure from pumping or other means to discharge missiles [through a rifled barrel at a muzzle velocity in excess of 200 feet per second].
35.1.4. 
TOY AIR GUN — Shall mean an air gun which does not contain air under high pressure from pumping or other means but which derives its force from a spring which is set by a simple cocking operation and discharges missiles through a smooth barrel at a muzzle velocity of less than 200 feet per second.
[Amended by Ord. No. 45-10-50]
35.2.1. 
From and after the effective date of this amendment to Ordinance No. 12-1-50, no firearms or air guns as defined in the ordinance to which this is an amendment shall be fired or discharged any-where within the corporate limits of the Borough of Bethel Park, except under proper supervision at duly established target ranges, and except by those persons and in those circumstances permitted by the Act of the General Assembly of June 24, 1939, P.L. 872, as amended, or any other law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and except by duly licensed hunters hunting in strict compliance with the game laws of Pennsylvania and limited to small game and the use of shotguns using not larger than No. 4 shot.
35.2.2. 
The use of all rifles, pistols, revolvers as well as shotguns using single pellets, slugs or "pumpkin balls" are specifically prohibited. No hunting shall be allowed within two hundred yards of any occupied dwelling, house, residence or other building or camp occupied by human beings, or any barn, stable or other building used in connection therewith, the area within said distance being hereby designated as a safety zone, nor shall anyone shoot at any wild bird or wild animal while it is within such a safety zone.
35.3.1. 
From and after the effective date of this ordinance, no toy air gun as defined in this ordinance shall be fired or discharged within the corporate limits of the Municipality of Bethel Park, except under supervision at duly established target ranges, and except where the firing or discharge of the toy air gun and the flight of its missile are confined entirely to the user's own property or the premises of another with his express consent.
35.4.1. 
Any parent of a child who has not reached his or her eighteenth birthday, who knowingly permits such child to violate the provisions of this ordinance, shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties hereinafter provided.
35.5.1. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to summary conviction and shall be subject to a fine not in excess of $100 for each and every offense, and in default of payment thereof, may be compelled to undergo imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days.
35.6.1. 
Any ordinance or part of ordinance conflicting with the provisions of this ordinance be and the same is hereby repealed so far as the same affects this ordinance.