City of Washington, PA
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Washington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-17-1958 by Ord. No. 777 (Ch. 6, Part 5, of the 1986 Code of Ordinances)]
No person shall, except in necessary defense of person or property, fire or discharge any gun or other firearm, or any air gun or spring gun, or other implement or instrument which discharges or impels with force a metal slug, pellet or ball of any kind, at any place within the City of Washington.
[Amended 4-24-1986 by Ord. No. 1356; 12-7-2006 by Ord. No. 1766]
A. 
Any individual, person, firm, corporation or other entity who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon being held liable in any civil proceeding or upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a penalty, fine or charge of no less than $100 nor more than the maximum amount permitted by law, but not to exceed $1,000, and in default of payment or any failure to pay any fine or penalty, upon a summary or other criminal conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period not to exceed 30 days, or both.
B. 
Each day that a violation of this article shall continue shall constitute a separate offense, subject to the fines, costs, penalties and charges set forth above for each offense.
C. 
Nothing herein shall limit, prevent or preclude the City of Washington from taking any and all legal action or exercising any other remedy available to the City by law, including but not limited to the initiation of civil or criminal proceedings or injunctive relief, in order to enforce or ensure compliance with this article. As an additional remedy, the City of Washington may abate any nuisance, dangerous or hazardous condition by any means permitted by law, which shall include but not be limited to an action in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania, for injunctive relief; the use of any City of Washington personnel, equipment and materials or that of an authorized agent or contractor hired by the City to remove or abate any nuisance, dangerous or hazardous condition and with all costs thereof or related thereto to be charged against the property owner(s) and/or person or entity who has violated the article or portion thereof; said costs shall include all actual costs and expenses, including all costs of collection and reasonable administrative costs of the City, incurred in enforcing the provisions of the article.
[Adopted 10-22-1992 by Ord. No. 1453 (Ch. 6, Part 9, of the 1986 Code of Ordinances)]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons acting in concert to possess, use, sell, distribute or transfer any device consisting of tear gas or its equivalent or any device containing harmful chemicals in the City of Washington, Pennsylvania, except as hereafter stated, without a permit.
Only authorized police officers of the City and other law enforcement agencies either from inside or from outside of the City may be permitted to possess and use the aforesaid device or devices without a permit.
No person may purchase, possess or use chemical devices in the City without first obtaining an annual permit from the City at a five-dollar fee. Only persons 18 years of age or older may purchase, possess, use, sell, distribute or transfer chemical devices within the City of Washington. The annual permit shall be carried at all times when in possession of any tear gas or chemical device.
Sales agents, distributors, dealers or transferors in any of said devices must first register and get a license from the City before engaging in the sale, transfer or exchange of any such devices and pay a fifty-dollar annual license fee.
Applications for permits to sell, distribute, purchase, use, possess or transfer any of said devices must first be approved in writing by the Chief of Police. Applications for annual permits may be denied to applicants convicted of any misdemeanor or felony offense.
[Amended 12-7-2006 by Ord. No. 1766]
A. 
Any individual, person, firm, corporation or other entity who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon being held liable in any civil proceeding or upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a penalty, fine or charge of no less than $100 nor more than the maximum amount permitted by law, but not to exceed $1,000, and in default of payment or any failure to pay any fine or penalty, upon a summary or other criminal conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period not to exceed 30 days, or both.
B. 
Each day that a violation of this article shall continue shall constitute a separate offense, subject to the fines, costs, penalties and charges set forth above for each offense.
C. 
Nothing herein shall limit, prevent or preclude the City of Washington from taking any and all legal action or exercising any other remedy available to the City by law, including but not limited to the initiation of civil or criminal proceedings or injunctive relief, in order to enforce or ensure compliance with this article. As an additional remedy, the City of Washington may abate any nuisance, dangerous or hazardous condition by any means permitted by law, which shall include but not be limited to an action in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania, for injunctive relief; the use of any City of Washington personnel, equipment and materials or that of an authorized agent or contractor hired by the City to remove or abate any nuisance, dangerous or hazardous condition and with all costs thereof or related thereto to be charged against the property owner(s) and/or person or entity who has violated the article or portion thereof; said costs shall include all actual costs and expenses, including all costs of collection and reasonable administrative costs of the City, incurred in enforcing the provisions of the article.