[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Colts Neck 5-12-1993 (Ch. 21 of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peace and good order — See Ch. 164.
No person shall discharge a gun, weapon or any firearm within the shaded areas shown on the "No Discharge of Firearms Area Map. No person shall discharge a gun, weapon or any firearm on any property owned by the Township of Colts Neck, except on leased farmland.
[Amended 2-11-2015; 9-14-2016; 11-13-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-19]
Editor’s Note: Said map is on file in the Township offices.
No person shall discharge a gun, weapon or any firearm across another individual's property line without written permission in possession.
Subsection A shall not be applicable to:
The discharge of a gun, weapon or any firearm upon a pistol, rifle or firearm range which is under the supervision of the Township Police Department.
Members of the Township Police Department, any law enforcement officer of any municipal, county, state or federal government or any representative of the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, Department of Environmental Protection and Energy, State of New Jersey, while in the performance of their official duties.
The owner, tenant or lessee (or their guests) or a person with their express written, dated permission when controlling woodchucks or other pests, as legally defined, authorized and allowed by the hunting regulations promulgated annually by the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, Department of Environmental Protection, State of New Jersey.
Discharge on privately owned parcels in the shaded areas of the No Discharge of Firearms Area Map only. The discharge permitted by this section shall be limited to the hunting of white-tailed deer. Such discharge shall be further limited to bow and arrow/crossbow only and shall occur from an elevated location a minimum of 10 feet above the ground. Any hunting conducted as permitted in this section shall require written and dated permission of the property owner, which shall be in the hunter's possession while hunting. Nothing herein shall relieve a hunter from the Firearm Safety Zone and maintaining the required distances from any occupied building, school playground or the like established by the State of New Jersey N.J.S.A. 23:4-16). The terms of this provision shall apply to all persons, including, without limitation, any person who is farming the land of another pursuant to a written or oral agreement; in such instance, the person farming the land of another may hunt on that land, provided he or she has written and dated permission of the property owner or owners which shall be in the hunter's possession while hunting.
[Added 8-13-2014; amended 9-14-2016; 11-13-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-19]
[Amended 8-13-2014; 2-11-2015; 11-13-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-19
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as permitting hunting practices where the discharge of firearms is authorized that contradict or violate N.J.S.A. 23:4-16, as amended, which reads, in part, as follows:
On or before September 1 of each year, the Township Administrator shall arrange for the posting of appropriate signs on all major roads which provide access to this Township advising the general public that there are zones within the Township of Colts Neck where guns, weapons or firearms shall not be discharged. The signs shall also indicate that it shall be necessary for any persons desiring to discharge guns, weapons or firearms in this Township to obtain a copy of this chapter at the Colts Neck Police Headquarters. In addition, the Township Administrator shall prepare and arrange for distribution of copies of this chapter in any other appropriate manner so that any persons desiring to discharge firearms in this Township shall be made aware of this chapter and the state statute which it supplements. Copies of this chapter shall be made available free of charge.
The Official Firearm Map referred to in § 120-1 shall be updated by the Township Engineer once per year to include lands which have obtained final site plan and/or subdivision approval upon which site work has commenced.
[Amended 10-8-1997; 3-8-2006]
A violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in § 1-9 of this Code. Notwithstanding the foregoing, should any person violate a provision of this chapter which incorporates or refers to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 23:4-1 et seq., then, upon conviction, he or she shall be subject to the fine(s) stated therein.