[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saratoga Springs as Ch. 42 of the 1970 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall engage in hunting nor discharge firearms or any caliber, shotguns, air rifles or pellet guns within the Inside Tax District of the City of Saratoga Springs or in the following areas of the Outside Tax District of the City of Saratoga Springs, New York:
Bounded on the west by the easterly boundary of the Inside Tax District, including the newly established easterly boundary of the territory annexed from the Town of Greenfield; on the north by the southerly boundary of the Town of Wilton and the Town of Greenfield; on the east by Weibel Road and Gilbert Road; and on the south by that portion of Union Avenue from Gilbert Road to the east side of New York Route 87 and southerly along said east side of New York Route 87 to Crescent Avenue and following along the south side of Crescent Avenue to South Broadway (Route 9).
Bounded on the south by New York State Route No. 50; on the west by the Town of Milton line; on the north by the Town of Greenfield line; and on the east by the westerly boundary line of the Inside Tax District.
No person shall discharge firearms of any type within 500 feet of a dwelling house or place of business in the City of Saratoga Springs, New York.
Except as otherwise provided in this section, all firearms carried by any person or persons in the T-6 Central Business District shall be enclosed in an opaque case or covering.
Exceptions. The provisions of subsection A above shall not apply to:
Person charged with a violation of this section shall be issued a verbal warning by the enforcing officer upon the first offense, provided that said person is not at the time charged with a violation of any provision of the Penal Law.
The Police Department is authorized to enforce the provisions of this section.
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any weapon which will expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. Such term shall not include an antique firearm as that term is defined under 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(16).
- IMMEDIATE CONTROL
- Having the ability and the means to immediately direct and regulate the use of the firearm.
- (1) A device that, when installed on a firearm, is designed to prevent the firearm from being operated without first deactivating the device;
- (2) A device incorporated into the design of the firearm that is designed to prevent the operation of the firearm by anyone not having access to the device; or
- (3) A safe, gun safe, gun case, lock box, or other device that is designed to be or can be used to store a firearm and that is designed to be unlocked only by means of a key, a combination, or other similar means.
Safe storage required. No person who owns or has control of a firearm shall remove that firearm from his or her immediate control without first securing that firearm with a secure gun storage or safety device.
Penalties. Any person found guilty of a violation of this section shall be subject to a fine of $100.
This chapter shall not apply to law enforcement officers in the performance of their official duties nor to any club, team or society duly organized for educational purposes discharging firearms in an indoor range under proper supervision.