[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Bethel 7-12-1965. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, except where otherwise specified or indicated by the context, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person selling, bartering or renting at retail any non-powder-propelled gun.
- A person under the age of 21 years.
- NON-POWDER-PROPELLED GUN
- Any rifle or pistol which is designed to expel a projectile by the use of compressed air or gas or of a spring or elastic and includes sling shots and similar implements by whatever name known, but does not include a firearm or a bow and arrow.
No person shall sell, lend, rent, barter, give or otherwise transfer any non-powder-propelled gun to any minor, except where the relation of parent and child, guardian and ward or adult instructor and pupil exists between such person and such minor.
Every dealer shall require proof of the age of any person applying to him to sell, rent, lend, barter or otherwise transfer to him a non-powder-propelled gun and shall be entitled to rely upon reasonable proof so furnished on behalf of any person so applying.
No person shall have in his possession any non-powder-propelled gun, except when such gun is:
Kept within his residence or upon private property and used under such circumstances that when discharged or operated it will not endanger persons or property or cause the projectile to traverse any property or space outside the limits of the private property upon which the same is discharged or operated; or
Used at an indoor or outdoor rifle range either by an adult or minor who is a duly enrolled member of a club, team or society organized or educational purposes and maintaining such range as part of its facilities or having written permission to use the same for said purposes, or when such gun is possessed, loaded or discharged at such a range, under the supervision, guidance and instruction of an adult.
No person shall carry any non-powder-propelled gun on any public highway or public place within the Town unless same is carried unloaded in either a suitable case or securely wrapped.
No person shall discharge any non-powder-propelled gun from or across any sidewalk or public highway or public place within the Town, except upon a properly conducted target range.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter or who falsely represents himself or any other person as being over the age of 21 years in order to enable the person so represented to receive, borrow, barter or otherwise obtain any non-powder-propelled gun shall be fined not more than $100.