[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Elkton 6-19-1980 as Secs. 9-3-71 and 9-3-72 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge or cause to be discharged any firearm within the Town; or to hunt with other weapons, specifically to include, but not be limited to, bows and arrows, crossbows, sling-shots, slung-shots, air rifles, BB guns, pellet guns, etc., or similar devices; provided that this section shall not apply to any law enforcement officer in the performance of his or her duties, nor to any other person whose willful act is otherwise justifiable or excusable at law in the protection of his or her life or property, or that of another, or as otherwise specifically authorized by law; provided, further, that this section shall not apply to any person shooting in licensed shooting galleries or shooting inside a building on a shooting range so constructed as to prevent the shot, projectile or other missile which has been fired from escaping or ricocheting; or archery ranges of schools; and in addition shall not apply to any citizen who, having obtained permission and a permit from the Chief of Police, may shoot at rats or other noxious animals upon his or her premises.
The shooting of an arrow from a bow in a manner that can be reasonably expected to result in the impact of the arrow upon the property of another without permission from the owner or tenant of such property is prohibited in the Town of Elkton.
Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A shaft-like projectile intended to be shot from a bow.
- Includes all compound bows, crossbows, longbows and recurve bows having a peak draw weight of 10 pounds or more. The term "bow" does not include bows which have a peak draw of less than 10 pounds or which are designed or intended to be used principally as toys.
It shall be an offense for any person to fail to abide by this chapter, and any person found guilty thereof shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500. Each day any violation of this chapter shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.