Township of Freehold, NJ
Monmouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Freehold by Ord. No. O-02-2 (§ 6-23 of the Revised General Ordinances), as amended through Ord. No. O-02-15. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Firearm purchaser identification cards — See Ch. 150.

§ 154-1 Definitions.

FARM
A parcel of land containing at least five acres which is used for the raising of agricultural products, livestock, horses, poultry and dairy products and which is vacant land or upon which is located only a principal dwelling and related outbuildings.
FIREARM
Any 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 projectible 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 an explosive or the ignition of flammable or explosive substances. 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 a 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 or missile smaller than 3/8 of an inch in diameter, with sufficient force to injure a person.
HANDGUN
Any pistol, revolver or other firearm originally designed or manufactured to be fired by the use of a single hand.
RIFLE
Any firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder and using the energy of the explosive in a fixed metallic cartridge to fire a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger.
SHOTGUN
Any firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder and using the energy of the explosive in a fixed shotgun shell to fire either a number of ball shot or a single projectile for each pull of the trigger, or any firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder which does not fire fixed ammunition.

§ 154-2 Discharge of firearms prohibited in certain areas.

No person shall discharge a handgun, rifle, shotgun, weapon or any firearm within the Township of Freehold except as set forth hereinafter.

§ 154-3 Exceptions.

The provisions of § 154-2 of this chapter shall not be applicable to the discharge of any handgun, rifle, shotgun, weapon or firearm in the following places and/or under the following circumstances, except that the "farmer" exemption allowed by Subsection C shall be only as to shotguns, and 0.22 caliber rifles using hollow point bullets and not as to any other firearm:
A. 
Upon a firearm range which is under the supervision of the Township Police Department, the County of Monmouth or the New Jersey State Police.
B. 
By members of the Township Police Department, any law enforcement officer of any municipal, county or state or federal government or any representative of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Environmental Protection, State of New Jersey, while in the performance of their official duties.
C. 
By the owner, tenant or lessee of a farm, or the immediate family of such owner, tenant, or lessee, while in and upon said farm and so long as no firearm other than a shotgun or 0.22 caliber rifle using hollow point bullets is used and: 1) the closest outbound property line is at least 200 feet from the proposed target; and 2) the closest outbound property line from the shotgun or 0.22 caliber rifle using hollow point bullets, as measured in the direction of fire, is at least a distance of 200 feet; and 3) the shotgun or 0.22 caliber rifle using hollow point bullets, while loaded, and the proposed target are at least 450 feet from any occupied building other than that of the owner, tenant or lessee, except that Subsections (1) and (2) shall not apply if the intended target is a groundhog or other pest likely to be detrimental to the farmer's crops or property.
D. 
By any person in protection of himself/herself, members of his/her family or his/her guests or in protection of his/her property.
E. 
During a recognized ceremonial event such as the firing of salutes by veterans' organizations and similar associations as part of patriotic and holiday activities. This subsection shall not be deemed to create an exception for any individual discharging a firearm in celebration of holidays such as the 4th of July, New Year's Eve, etc.
F. 
On any properties within the Township which are zoned R-R (Rural Residential) or R-E (Rural Environmental) pursuant to the latest official Zoning Map of the Township, so long as either Subsection F(1) or (2) below applies:
(1) 
The closest outbound property line is at least 200 feet from the proposed target; the closest outbound property line from the firearm, as measured in the direction of fire, is at least a distance of 200 feet; and both the firearm, while loaded, and the proposed target are at least 450 feet from any occupied building other than that of the owner, tenant or lessee; or
(2) 
Upon a supervised firearm range operated by a duly organized and established gun club which has at least two years' experience operating and supervising a firearm range.
G. 
By a duly licensed hunter, so long as he/she is in full compliance with all laws, rules and regulations governing hunting in the State of New Jersey.
H. 
By a person to whom has been issued a permit by an agency of the State of New Jersey permitting the killing of a bird, animal, vermin or pest with the type of firearm permitted thereby, so long as he/she is in full compliance with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to such permit holder.

§ 154-4 Posting of signs; distribution of chapter.

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 Freehold where firearms shall not be discharged. The signs shall also indicate that it shall be necessary for any persons desiring to discharge firearms or to hunt in this Township to obtain a copy of this chapter at the Freehold Township 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 or hunt 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. Nothing herein shall be deemed to abrogate the presumption that each person knows the various laws applicable to any activity being undertaken. Failure of compliance with this section shall not provide a defense for charged violations of this chapter.

§ 154-5 Areas considered supplemental to areas described in statute.

The prohibited areas affected by this chapter are intended to be supplemental to those areas described in N.J.S.A. 23:4-16, as amended from time to time.

§ 154-6 Violations and penalties.

Each and every person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, except § 154-4, shall, upon conviction, be subject to the fines and penalties as set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty.