Township of Tredyffrin, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Tredyffrin as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted as Ch. VI, Art. 4, § 401, of the 1979 General Laws of the Municipality of Tredyffrin]
It shall be unlawful and it is hereby prohibited for any person, persons, firms or corporations to store, sell, offer or expose for sale at retail or have in their possession with intent to sell at retail or with intent to use in the Township of Tredyffrin any air gun, air pistol, spring gun or any implement not a firearm which impels with force a pellet of any kind. "At retail" shall mean any sale of less than one dozen such articles, or any sale to anyone not a bona fide dealer herein.
The Captain of Police is hereby authorized to seize, remove and destroy any air gun, air pistol, spring gun or any implement not a firearm which impels with force a pellet of any kind, which shall be used or discharged in the Township of Tredyffrin, Chester County, Pennsylvania, or which shall be held or possessed in violation of this article.
[Amended 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278; 10-2-2000 by Ord. No. HR-290]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article, shall be guilty of a summary violation and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the township in the enforcement of this article. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. In default of the payment of any fine, the defendant shall be sentenced to imprisonment to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the township are hereby authorized to seek any other available relief at law or equity, including injunction, to enforce compliance with this article.
[Adopted as Ch. VI, Art. 4, § 402, of the 1979 General Laws of the Municipality of Tredyffrin]
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Shooting Ordinance of Tredyffrin Township."
For the purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply:
APPROVED RANGE
A place for shooting weapons, having a natural or artificial barrier of sufficient size and density to stop any projectile or pellets fired into it, approved and designated of record by the Tredyffrin Township Chief of Police as an approved range.
AUTHORIZED RANGE SHOOTING
Shooting upon an approved range in a manner consistent with safety of persons and property as authorized by the Chief of Police in approving such range under the supervision of the owner or occupant of the land or his duly designated representative.
CERTIFICATE
A certification, upon a form prescribed by the Township Supervisors, dated and signed by the owner or occupant of real property, attesting that the bearer has been instructed by the signer concerning the topography and natural artificial hazards and traffic conditions existing upon his land and adjacent thereto, has been duly cautioned regarding existing dangers and precautions to be taken, and has thereupon been granted permission to hunt upon the same for a period not exceeding one year from the date of the certificate.
SHOOTING
The discharge or release of a projectile or pellets from any weapon, including the shooting of a pointed arrow from a bow.
WEAPON
Any shotgun, rifle, air rifle, flobert rifle, pistol, revolver, pellet gun or weapon of similar type, and any bow used to propel a pointed arrow.
It shall be the responsibility of each owner or occupant of land to instruct carefully any person applying for permission to hunt thereon concerning the terrain, its dangers and all necessary precautions to be observed before issuing a certificate. Any certificate shall be revocable at will upon notice to the holder. A copy of each certificate and of each revocation notice shall be filed with the Township Secretary.
Shooting within Tredyffrin Township is hereby prohibited, except:
A. 
While lawfully hunting game in conformity with the game laws and other applicable laws, regulations and ordinances of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and this township, provided that each person other than the owner or occupant of land, the members of his immediate family and his employees shall carry a valid certificate upon his person and exhibit the same to any representative of the township upon request.
B. 
At an authorized range shooting, as herein defined.
C. 
By any duly appointed law officer in the course of his or her official duties.
[Added 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278]
D. 
When necessary for the preservation of human life, as authorized in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (18 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.).
[Added 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278]
The careless or improper use of any weapon, tending to imperil the safety of persons or endanger property within Tredyffrin Township, is hereby prohibited as a disorderly practice.
[Amended 10-19-1998 by Ord. No. HR-278; 10-2-2000 by Ord. No. HR-290]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article, shall be guilty of a summary violation and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the township in the enforcement of this article. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. In default of the payment of any fine, the defendant shall be sentenced to imprisonment to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the township are hereby authorized to seek any other available relief at law or equity, including injunction, to enforce compliance with this article.
Legible signs giving public notice of the essential provisions of this article shall be posted at or near the public highways at the boundaries of Tredyffrin Township.