[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Beacon 12-5-2016 by L.L. No. 16-2016. Amendments noted where applicable.
The City Council hereby finds that the storage, possession and display of firearms in the City of Beacon require the regulation thereof in the public interest, convenience and necessity. In addition, the presence of an unsecured, easily accessible, loaded firearm in the home increases the likelihood of death or injury from accidents or impulsive acts. Guns left unattended in the home should be kept locked or stored securely to prevent access by children and others who should not have access to them. Gun owners are responsible for keeping their firearms from falling into the hands of children and other unauthorized individuals.
Unless otherwise expressly stated, whenever used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings given to them by this section when used herein:
- Any weapon from which a shot is discharged by force of an explosive, or a weapon which acts by force of gunpowder, and shall include any weapon capable of being loaded with powder, ball or ammunition, and shall include any weapon which is otherwise capable of being loaded with powder, ball or ammunition, whether completed, assembled or from which any part or piece has been removed therefrom.
- Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
- SAFE STORAGE DEPOSITORY
- A safe or other secure container which, when locked, is incapable of being opened without the key, combination or other unlocking mechanism and is capable of preventing an unauthorized person from obtaining access to and possession of the firearm contained therein.
Firearms for sale shall be kept secured at all times when the place in which they are held for sale is not open for business.
A person who stores or leaves on premises under his or her control a loaded firearm and who knows or reasonably should know that a minor who may not legally have possession of a weapon is likely to gain access to a loaded firearm at premises under the person's control must keep the firearm in a safe storage depository or render it incapable of being fired by use of a gun locking device appropriate to that firearm.
Any person who shall violate or shall neglect or refuse to comply with this chapter or any provisions thereof, upon a first offense, shall be guilty of a violation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment not exceeding 15 days. Upon a second offense or when a first offense results in injury or death, the offender shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment; and each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense and be subject to punishment.