[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Appomattox at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Authority of Council to preserve peace and good order — Charter §§ 12, 17.
Miscellaneous dangerous conduct — See Ch. 85.
STATE LAW REFERENCES
Attempts to commit misdemeanors, how punished, Code of Virginia, § 18.2-27; threats to bomb or damage buildings or means of transportation, false information as to danger to such buildings, etc., punishment, venue, Code of Virginia, § 18.2-83; petit larceny defined, how punished, Code of Virginia, § 18.2-96; impersonating officer, Code of Virginia, § 18.2-174; disorderly conduct in public places, Code of Virginia, § 18.2-415; obstructing justice by threats or force, Code of Virginia, § 18.2-460.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- A cartridge, pellet, ball, missile or projectile adapted for use in a firearm.
- Any weapon in which ammunition may be used or discharged by explosion or pneumatic pressure.
State law references: Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 18.2-282(C).
No person shall in any street throw any stone, ball, stick, snowball, or missile of any character. No person shall discharge anywhere within the Town limits any firearm, gravel shooter, BB gun, air rifle or air gun, or discharge an arrow from a bow, except upon a properly located and constructed gunnery or archery range, approved by the Town Manager in writing prior to its use as such. Such provision shall not apply to peace officials or members of the armed forces of this state or the United States while acting in performance of their duties as such, nor shall it apply to any citizen discharging a firearm when lawfully defending his or her person or property.
No minor under the age of 18 years shall shoot or discharge any firearm, gravel shooter, BB gun, air rifle, air gun, or arrow from a bow, except upon a properly located, constructed and approved gunnery or archery range, and then only under the immediate supervision of an adult.
Nothing in this section shall apply to the use of a bow of 10 pounds or less of draw weight with a blunt rubber-tipped arrow.
The provisions of this section shall not apply to the shooting of rats, destructive birds, and other noxious animals with shot shell containing shot no larger than no. 5 and with prior permission as set forth in this subsection. Any person wishing to engage in such shooting shall apply in writing to the Town Manager for permission to do so, which permission may be granted in the discretion of the Town Manager if the proposed shooting does not violate any section of the Code of Virginia and will not constitute a danger to the public safety.
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a class 4 misdemeanor.
Charter references: General grant of powers, §§ 12 and 17.