[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood 5-18-2010 by Ord. No. 2631-10. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- To shoot or fire a firearm.
- A handgun, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, automatic or semiautomatic rifle, or any gun, device or instrument in the nature of a weapon from which may be fired or ejected any solid projectable ball, slug, pellet, missile or bullet, or any gas, vapor or other noxious thing, by means of a cartridge or shell or by the action of any explosive or igniting of flammable or explosive substance. It shall also include, without limitation, any firearm which is in the nature of an air gun, spring gun or pistol or other weapon of similar nature in which the propelling force is a spring, elastic band, carbon dioxide, compressed or other gas or vapor, air or compressed air, or is ignited by compressed air, and ejecting a bullet, pellet or missile smaller than 3/8 of an inch in diameter with sufficient force to injure a person (N.J.S.A. 2C:39-1).
No person shall at any time discharge a firearm within the Township except for the lawful protection of life, limb or property.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following shall be exempt from the prohibitions set forth herein:
The use and discharge of any firearm by any sworn law enforcement officer.
The use or discharge of a firearm used in connection with an animal culling program organized and controlled by the State of New Jersey, the County of Essex or the Township of Maplewood.
The use or discharge of a firearm at a licensed firing range located in a nonresidential area.
The use or discharge of a firearm in a basement in connection with the instruction and/or training in firearm use, handling and/or safety if provided by an instructor certified by a recognized organization that certifies firearms instructors, provided that such activities shall utilize a nonlethal training or practice ammunition system which does not penetrate standard home building materials.
The use or discharge of a firearm in connection with the testing of a product by a licensed manufacturer or retail dealer of firearms using a self-contained enclosed bullet trap system which meets the standards of the relevant product rating organization, if any.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.