City of Latrobe, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Latrobe 6-14-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-7.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Disorderly conduct — See Ch. 194.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 219.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 199, Firearms, adopted 7-13-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-2 as Ch. VI, Part 4, of the 1981 Code, as amended.

§ 199-1 Discharge of firearms restricted.

[Amended 12-8-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-13]
No person shall fire or discharge any gun or other firearm within Latrobe.

§ 199-2 Discharge of dangerous projectiles restricted.

No person shall discharge any form of dangerous projectile outdoors in Latrobe. "Dangerous projectile" shall be defined to include, but shall not be limited to, arrows with pointed tip or razor tip shot with a regular bow or cross bow, spears with pointed tip, air rifles, explosive devices or any other type of projectile which shall have the potential to inflict serious bodily injury or death.

§ 199-3 Exceptions.

[Amended 12-8-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-13]
The prohibitions set forth in §§ 199-1 and 199-2 above shall apply to:
A. 
Any indoor commercial target or practice facility that meets all proper safety standards, guidelines, rules or regulations issued by either the federal government, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the City of Latrobe.
B. 
Any outdoor commercial target or practice facility that meets all proper safety standards, guidelines, rules or regulations issued by either the federal government, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the City of Latrobe.
C. 
Outdoor bow fishing.
D. 
Any firearm or non-firearm (i.e., rifle or long gun), using blanks, discharged in any ceremonial function authorized or approved by the City of Latrobe.
E. 
The necessary defensive of person or property as permitted under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and/or the United States of America.

§ 199-4 Variances; safety standards.

[Amended 12-8-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-13]
A. 
Any person or entity who desires to discharge any gun, firearm or other form of dangerous projectile outdoors (other than a noncommercial archery target practice area as set forth in Subsection B below) in the City of Latrobe, which is otherwise prohibited in §§ 199-1 and 199-2, shall submit, by letter petition, a request for a variance from the provisions of this chapter by Latrobe City Council. The application shall be submitted to the Chief of Police at least 60 days prior to the intended date or dates of usage which shall then be submitted to Council with a recommendation by the Chief of Police. The standard of clear and convincing evidence, that the possession or transportation of a prohibited dangerous projectile, or the usage of the same, and/or the discharge of a gun or firearm shall not pose a threat to the health and/or safety to the citizens of Latrobe, shall apply in determining whether a variance Will be granted.
B. 
Any person or persons who desire to establish a noncommercial outdoor archery target practice area on their property may apply to Council for a variance from § 199-2. The application for a variance shall be filed with the Chief of Police. A designee of the Chief of Police shall inspect the proposed target practice area which shall meet the following minimum safety standards:
(1) 
Shooting distance shall not exceed 15 yards from the person to the target.
(2) 
A proper backstop area shall exist that will contain and/or absorb arty errant projectile.
(3) 
All outdoor target practice shall occur only during daylight hours.
C. 
After receipt of the inspection report by Council's designee, Council may by official action authorize a variance.

§ 199-5 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs of prosecution or, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for not more than 30 days.