Town of Barrington, RI
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Barrington 12-8-1975 (Ch. I, Sec. 9, of Title Five of the 1965 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
RHODE ISLAND GENERAL LAWS (AS AMENDED)
Weapons generally — See § 11-47-1 et seq.
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police Department powers and duties — See Sec. 10-1-5 of the Charter.
Police Department Rules and Regulations — See Ch. 41.
Discharge of firearms in parks — See Ch. 134.
[Amended 4-12-1976]
No person, not being at the time under police or military duty, shall discharge any rifle, gun, musket, pistol, air gun, spring gun or other small arms or any contrivances armed to discharge shot, bullets, darts or other missiles in the Town of Barrington, subject, however, to the following exceptions:
A. 
This section shall not apply, provided that the person who shall discharge any of the weapons hereinabove described shall do so on land owned or occupied by him or her; provided, however, that the person who shall discharge any of the above weapons on land owned or occupied by him or her shall at all times be a minimum distance of one hundred twenty-five (125) yards from any building or premises without the specific permission of the owner or occupant and shall not shoot at, along or across any public highway.
[Amended 4-5-1993 by Ord. No. 93-13]
B. 
This section shall not apply, provided that the person who shall discharge any of the weapons hereinabove described on land now owned or occupied by him shall do so only with the written permission of the owners or occupants of the land on which he may shoot; provided, however, that such person shall at all times carry such written permission on his person and shall show and exhibit such written permission when requested to do so, and provided, further, that none of the above-described weapons shall be discharged within a distance of one hundred twenty-five (125) yards from any occupied building or premises, without the specific permission of the owner or occupant, and such person shall not shoot at, along or across any public highway.
C. 
This section shall not apply with regard to any tidal waterway within the Town of Barrington; provided, however, that no person, upon any tidal waterway in the town, shall discharge any of the above-described weapons within the minimum distances prescribed in Subsections A and B of this section.
No person shall discharge any rifle, gun, musket, pistol, air gun, spring gun or other small arms or any contrivances armed to discharge shot, bullets, arrows, darts or other missiles in such fashion that the shot, bullets, arrows, darts or other missiles shall in their flight carry over or into the land of another into which he shall not have written permission of the owner or occupant thereof to shoot. Such written permission shall be carried on the person at all times and shall be shown and exhibited upon request.
At the request of any resident of the Town of Barrington, the Town Council may, in its discretion and with the permission of the owner or occupant of suitable land, designate a place where target practice with firearms or any contrivance arranged to discharge shot, bullets, arrows, darts or other missiles may be carried on under the restrictions hereinabove set forth, together with other such circumstances, conditions, regulations and restrictions as the Town Council shall impose. Such designation by the Town Council and such permission of the Town Council shall be for such a period of time as in the discretion of the Town Council may be met and proper and shall be subject to revocation with or without cause by the Town Council at any time.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Chief of Police and the Police Department of the Town of Barrington.
[Added 4-12-1976]
No provision of this chapter shall be construed as prohibiting the use of armed guards or of firearms by private persons in the town for the protection or defense of person or property in accordance with Rhode Island law.
[Amended 4-12-1976; 4-5-1993 by Ord. No. 93-13]
Any person violating the terms and provisions of any section of this chapter, including failure to carry written permission on the person as provided for by §§ 107-1B and 107-2, shall be fined in the minimum sum of one hundred dollars ($100.) and a maximum fine of five hundred dollars ($500.) for each and every offense.