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Town of East Greenwich, RI
Kent County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of East Greenwich 12-15-2003 by Ord. No. 740 (Sec. 14-2 of the 1993 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, Art. III.
STATE LAW REFERENCES
Discharge of firearms without landowner's permission — See R.I.G.L. § 11-47-50.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FIREARM
Any instrument which discharges or is designed to discharge any projectile or missile and which is used or is designed to be used as a weapon or for target practice or competition, including but not limited to any pistol, rifle, cannon, shotgun, bow, slingshot, dart gun or blowgun.
No person shall discharge any firearm within the Town, except:
A. 
A law enforcement officer or member of the military service while in the performance of his duties in accordance with law;
B. 
A person firing blank ammunition during or in preparation or practice for a legally sanctioned parade or celebration;
C. 
A person discharging a firearm in defense or protection of life and property in accordance with law;
D. 
A person discharging a pistol or rifle to destroy an injured or maimed animal in accordance with law;
E. 
A person discharging a firearm at a firing range or shooting gallery permitted by Chapter 260, Zoning, provided that such person shall possess a permit therefor issued by the Town Council;
F. 
A person discharging a blunt projectile from a slingshot or discharging a target arrow from a bow classified as not more than 40 pounds pull, during inanimate target practice or competition;
G. 
In the geographic area west of RI Route 2, so-called, discharge of a shotgun:
(1) 
By a person against a rodent or other varmint in order to protect crops, gardens, domestic animals or other property; or
(2) 
While hunting, by an owner on his land, a resident on land where he resides, or any person with the written permission of or in the company of an owner on such owner's land or a resident on land where he resides, provided that in no event shall such shotgun be discharged within 500 feet of any building or any public highway.
Violations of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, of the Code of the Town of East Greenwich.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. IV).