City of Coldwater, MI
Branch County
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[Ord. No. 457, passed 1-28-1991; amended 8-24-2015 by Ord. No. 787]
(a) 
FIREARM — "Firearm" means any weapon or device which will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by action of an explosive.
(b) 
PNEUMATIC GUN — "Pneumatic gun" means any implement, designed as a gun, that will expel a BB or pellet by spring, gas, or air. "Pneumatic gun" includes a paintball gun that expels by pneumatic pressure plastic balls filled with paint for the purpose of marking the point of impact.
[Ord. No. 457, passed 1-28-1991]
(a) 
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm in the City, except for peace officers or military personnel in the course of their duty, and except as permitted in Subsection (b) hereof.
(b) 
Individuals may be permitted to shoot or discharge a bow and arrow for the purposes of target practice, provided that the bow and arrow is discharged or fired in an area that meets the following requirements: The area in which a bow and arrow is discharged or fired shall be entirely enclosed. The enclosure shall be constructed of materials designed and constructed to completely prevent the discharged or fired arrow from exiting the enclosed area.
The outdoor shooting or discharging of a bow and arrow as part of an archery class conducted by an educational institution shall be allowed so long as the arrows or projectiles do not carry beyond the educational institution's property.
[Ord. No. 603, passed 11-8-1999; Ord. No. 615, passed 7-24-2000]
(c) 
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a pneumatic gun within the City except:
[Amended 8-24-2015 by Ord. No. 787]
(1) 
At an authorized target range;
(2) 
On other property where firearms may be lawfully discharged; or
(3) 
On or within private property with the permission of the owner or possessor of that private property so long as the discharge is conducted so as to prevent a projectile from crossing the bounds of the property.
[Ord. No. 234, passed 5-28-1962; 8-24-2015 by Ord. No. 787]
It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 16 to possess a pneumatic gun within the City unless under the supervision of a parent, guardian, or a person 18 years of age or older. However, a person under the age of 16 may possess a pneumatic gun on or within private property without supervision if so authorized by a parent or guardian and the owner or legal possessor of the property.
[Ord. No. 234, passed 5-28-1962]
The parents, jointly and severally, and/or guardians of any minors under the age of 18 years, who permit or suffer such minors to violate any of the provisions of this chapter, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, further, shall be civilly liable for damage caused to persons or property by reason of such violation in an amount not to exceed $300, provided such minors are living with such parent, parents or guardians.
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Editor's Note: See § 202.99, General Code penalty.