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Borough of West Chester, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of West Chester 3-11-1953. Section 109-4 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Firearms — See Ch. 56.
Parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 78.
It shall be unlawful, and it is hereby prohibited, for any person, persons, firm or corporation to store, sell, offer or expose for sale, at retail, or have in his or its possession with intent to sell, at retail, or have in his or its possession on any public street, alley, place, yard or lot within the limits of the Borough of West Chester, any air rifle or air pistol, commonly known as a "BB gun," slingshot or any similar device. A "sale at retail" shall mean any sale of less than one (1) dozen of such articles, or any sale to anyone who is not a bona fide dealer therein.
The Chief of Police of the Borough of West Chester, or any member of the Police Department of the borough, is hereby authorized to seize, remove and destroy any air rifle or air pistol, commonly known as a "BB gun," slingshot or similar device, which is held and possessed within the Borough of West Chester in violation of this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to such offenses as can be prosecuted under the provisions of any state law, nor shall they apply to guns or pistols having rifled barrels and being commonly used for target practice and the shooting of small game. For the purposes of this chapter, such articles shall be deemed to be a deadly weapon and subject to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with respect to the sale and use thereof.
[Amended 6-13-1973; 5-10-1989 by Ord. No. 11-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before any District Justice shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.), together with costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both.