No firearm discharge zone.
It is unlawful to discharge or intend to discharge a firearm in certain areas within the Town, as set forth in § 9.4.3 of this chapter. This area is known as the "no firearm discharge zone."
If a person is found to be in possession of a loaded firearm outside of the person's residence within the "no firearm discharge zone," it is considered prima facie evidence of the intent to discharge the firearm. This section does not apply to persons holding a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon under 25 M.R.S. § 2003.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, and includes any such weapon commonly referred to as a "pistol," "revolver," "rifle," "gun," "machine gun" or "shotgun." Any weapon which can be made into a firearm by the insertion of a firing pin or other similar thing, or by repair, is a firearm.
- LOADED FIREARM
- A weapon with the chamber containing either a live round of ammunition or a live blank round, or a loaded magazine or clip is inserted into the weapon. A weapon that has an empty chamber and an empty magazine well is considered unloaded.
The "no firearms discharge zone" is defined as follows:
An area within the Town beginning at the Piscataqua River Bridge on Interstate 95 and proceeding north on I-95 to Cutts Road, then easterly on Cutts Road to Route 1, then southerly on Route 1 to Haley Road, then south-southeast along Haley Road to Hoyts Island Lane to the Shore of Pepperrell Cove, then turning and proceeding along the shore from Pepperrell Cove to the Piscataqua River, continuing along the river bank to the starting point at the bridge on Interstate 95.
The discharge of firearms within the Town in areas outside of the "no firearms discharge zone" is also prohibited, except that hunting with a shotgun or muzzleloader during the Maine open hunting season, as determined by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, is permitted.
Sections 9.4.1 and 9.4.3 of this chapter do not apply to the following:
The area bordered on the west by Route 1, on the south by C.M.P. power line right-of-way east to Norton Road, north along Norton Road to Miller Road, east to Bartlett Road, north on Bartlett Road to Payne Road;
Law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties;
The use of blank cartridges for a show or theatrical production or any supervised educational program;
The use of blank cartridges or signal cannon for ceremonial purposes or athletic events or by military organizations or service groups;
The use of a firearm for legal self-defense or excusable homicide situations;
Testing by a professional gunsmith into a suitable container, backstop or target as approved by the Police Chief or his/her designee; and
Discharge of firearms for protection of property from wild animals as authorized by 12 M.R.S. §§ 12401 and 12402.
The use of privately operated shooting ranges approved by the Chief of Police is subject to the following regulations:
No shooting on Sundays.
Shooting may not commence before 9:00 a.m.
Shooting Monday through Saturday must cease at sunset.
Warning signs must be posted every 50 feet along the entire perimeter of the range area. Signs must advise that there is a firearms shooting range in the immediate area.
Shooting ranges must be annually inspected by the Police Department. It is the responsibility of the landowner to request reinspection of the range at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the current permit.
As of the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter, the Police Department will no longer permit any new privately operated shooting ranges.
Any violation of this chapter will be assessed a penalty under Title 1, Chapter 1.3.
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