[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Massena 9-4-2001 by L.L. No. 2-2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This local law superseded former Ch. 158, Firearms, adopted 9-22-1969 as Ch. 38 of the 1969 Code.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Massena hereby determines that the discharge of firearms, BB guns, pellet guns and the use of explosives in populated areas is detrimental to the safety and welfare of persons residing within those areas and is detrimental to the environment due to the noise created thereby.
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or cause to be discharged any handgun, revolver, shotgun, pistol, gun, rifle or any other firearm that emits explosive powder bullets, BB's or pellets of any kind, whether explosive or nonexplosive, or to detonate explosives or fireworks of any kind within the geographical boundaries of the Village of Massena.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
A law enforcement officer in the performance of official duties.
The lawful use of a firearm, rifle or shotgun in defense of person or property.
The authorized use of a pistol, rifle or target range regularly operated and maintained by any duly organized not-for-profit corporation and wholly on premises owned, rented or leased by said corporation but not within 1,000 feet of any dwelling, and provided that said use will be conducted with due regard for the safety of the surrounding community.
Explosive devices that are lawfully used for demolition, construction, reconstruction or remodeling purposes.
Any individual who establishes a safe range for the purpose of shooting BB's or pellets within an enclosed building.
A person discharging a firearm on any agriculturally worked land, provided that the provisions of the Penal Law and Conservation Law of this state are adhered to.
This chapter shall be enforced by the State Police, Sheriff's Department or the Village of Massena Police Department, each of which is hereby authorized and empowered to issue an appearance ticket for any violation of any provision of this chapter.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be liable to a fine and penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days for each violation. Each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.