[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Franconia 6-12-1989 by Ord. No. 157. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Discharge of firearms in parks — See Ch. 97.
When used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates a different meaning or renders the meaning defined herein absurd:
- The firing or shooting of any firearm.
- Shotgun, air gun, air pistol, spring gun or pistol, rifles and pistols of any caliber or any implement used in the propulsion of shot, a shell, a bullet or any other object by the action of gun powder exploded, explosive powder, the expansion of gas or the force of a mechanical device under tension.
- Any natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation or any other legal entity as the context requires.
Except as herein otherwise provided, it shall be unlawful and it is hereby prohibited for any person to discharge a firearm on private or public property within the confines of Franconia Township.
[Amended 2-17-2015 by Ord. No. 382]
Nothing herein contained shall prohibit the use of firearms as herein defined by:
Constables, sheriffs, prison or jail wardens or their deputies, police officers of this commonwealth or its political subdivisions or other law enforcement officers, while in the performance of their duties.
Any person over the age of 18 years using a firearm to control wildlife in the protection of cultivated crops, fruit trees, vegetables, livestock, poultry or other property; provided, however, that such use of a firearm shall comply with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Game and Wildlife Code.
Any person engaged in lawful self-defense.
[Amended 6-10-1996 by Ord. No. 237]
This chapter shall be enforced by action brought before a District Justice in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. Any person who violates or permits the violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 per violation or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each section of this chapter that is violated shall constitute a separate offense.