[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Simsbury 12-28-1971. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Offenses on town property — See Ch. 115.
Unless otherwise permitted by law, no person shall aim and discharge any firearm or dangerous device outdoors within a distance of 500 feet from any building situated anywhere in the town, except as to buildings on his own land or on land used in conjunction with a duly organized rifle, fish and game, gun or archery club or in an area approved by the Chief of Police, provided that the point of discharge shall be 500 feet from any building on adjoining lands, unless in an area approved by the Chief of Police.
No person shall aim and discharge a firearm or dangerous device in the direction of a person, building, vehicle or domestic animal within the range of the firearm or dangerous device which he is discharging.
No minor under 16 years of age shall discharge any firearm or dangerous device within the limits of the Town of Simsbury except in the presence of and under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian of such minor or of a qualified instructor on an authorized range, and except that minors between the ages of 12 and 16 years of age may discharge firearms while hunting in accordance with Section 235 of Public Act 872 of the 1971 General Assembly.
A landowner may extend to others, by written consent, the right to use his property for hunting, target practice or other purposes requiring the use of firearms or bow and arrow, provided that the area so used shall be a distance of 500 feet from any buildings other than those of the owner.
This chapter shall not apply to any person who shall discharge any firearm or dangerous device in reasonable defense of his person or property or in the performance of any legal duty, nor shall it apply to land used in conjunction with a duly organized rifle, fish and game, gun or archery club in an area thereon approved by the Chief of Police or to land used by the State Police as an outdoor shooting range.
For the purpose of this chapter, a "dangerous device" shall be any air rifle or pistol, BB gun, slingshot, crossbow, bow and arrow or any other device capable of projecting an object with sufficient force so as to cause injury to persons or domestic animals or to cause damage to property.
A violation of any provision of this chapter by any persons 16 years of age or over or by a parent or legal guardian of such person knowingly permitting such violation by a minor under 16 years of age shall be an infraction as provided for in Connecticut General Statutes Sections 51-164m and 51-164n. Pursuant to General Statutes Section 51-164p, each such violation shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $90.