Township of Collier, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 357, 8/24/1976, § 1]
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meaning set forth:
FIREARM
Any device or devices which are designed or may be used for the purpose of propelling a projectile or projectiles by means of combustion of explosives or by compressed air or gas.
TARGET AREA
Any location indoors or outdoors within the Township of Collier designed or intended to be used for the discharge of firearms firing multiple projectiles (commonly called shotguns) at targets or objects propelled through the air by any means whatsoever.
TARGET RANGE
Any and all locations indoors and outdoors within the Township of Collier intended or used for the discharge of a firearm firing a single projectile at any target, be it fixed or moving, or any other object for the purpose of acquiring or developing skills or proficiency in the use of such firearms.
[Ord. 357, 8/24/1976, § 2]
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm within the limits of the Township, except in necessary defense of person or property.
[Ord. 357, 8/24/1976, § 3; as amended by Ord. 410, 8/4/1981, § 1]
1. 
The provisions of this Part shall not apply to:
A. 
Any police officer of the United States or of this Commonwealth or any member of the armed services while in the actual performance of his official duty.
B. 
Members of associations or groups devoted to the promotion and development of marksmanship who are engaged in practice or competition upon an approved target range or area which has been properly authorized as hereinafter provided.
C. 
Holder of a duly authorized hunting license during any small game season, as defined by the Game Commission of Pennsylvania, while lawfully engaged in hunting and displaying the authorized hunting license; provided, however, that no such hunting shall be engaged in with ammunition containing or discharging a single pellet or projectile of any size, or discharging multiple pellets or projectiles any one of which is larger than No. 4 shot.
D. 
The holder of any duly authorized hunting license during what is commonly referred to as antlered or antlerless deer season, as defined and set by the Game Commission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while lawfully engaged in hunting and properly displaying an authorized Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hunting license; provided, however, that only during the aforesaid deer season may such hunting be engaged in with a single projectile rifled slug when used or discharged from a shotgun and/or when said hunting is engaged in with a flint ignited muzzle loading rifle with primitive (open) sights capable of firing only a single projectile of 0.45 caliber or larger and as defined as a primitive weapon by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Under no circumstances is the use of a center-fire rifle authorized under this Part.
[Ord. 357, 8/24/1976, § 4]
1. 
Any organization or group devoted to the promotion and development of marksmanship may apply for and may obtain a license to maintain an authorized target range or target area by complying with the following requirements:
A. 
A written application shall be submitted setting forth the name of the organization or group, the size, type, and caliber of firearms to be employed, the location of the proposed target area or range, a plan of the said target range, if for firearms discharging a single projectile, showing in detail the dimension, size, and construction of backstops proposed to be used. No target range or area shall be approved unless it conforms with the safety standards established by the National Rifle Association or such other recognized groups or organizations as regularly conduct competition with types and classes of firearms for which approval is sought.
B. 
The application shall be filed with the Secretary and a copy of it shall be given to the Chief of Police of the Township, who must within 30 days review all such applications and make a written report to the Commissioners of the Township of Collier. Said report shall determine whether the proposed target range or target area meets with required standards for safety and it is otherwise satisfactorily located, and shall make a recommendation as to whether or not the range shall be approved. If the Chief of Police recommends disapproval of the application, he shall advise the Commissioners in writing and forward a copy of the rejection to the Secretary of the Township, who shall in turn forward the same to the group or association making application therefor.
C. 
The Commissioners of the Township of Collier shall on the recommendation of the Chief of Police review all such applications and determine whether the Secretary shall issue a license to maintain the authorized target range or target area. The said license shall be for a period of not in excess of one year and must be renewed by written application as set forth above.
[Ord. 357, 8/24/1976, § 5]
In any case, where an application for license for target range or target area has been denied, the application may upon filing of a fee to cover costs and expenses, said fee to be determined by the Board of Commissioners, request a public hearing before the Board of Commissioners. Such hearing shall be granted within 30 days after filing the request for a rehearing including posting of the applicable fees.
[Ord. 357, 8/24/1976, § 6]
The Chief of Police of the Township of Collier is hereby given the authority to suspend or revoke any license on any range or area to be found in an unsafe condition or being used improperly by giving written notice to the licensee setting forth the reason for such revocation or suspension. The association or group whose license has been revoked or suspended may request a hearing before the Board of Commissioners as provided in § 6-205. The decision of the Board of Commissioners shall be final.
[Ord. 357, 8/24/1976, § 7; as amended by Ord. 505, 7/3/1991, § 6-207; and by Ord. 652, 4/13/2011]
Any person, firm, or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $15 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.