[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of West Deptford 3-21-1991 by Ord. No. 91-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall have in his possession a loaded firearm within 450 feet of any property boundary containing an occupied building, school, playground or park situated in the Township of West Deptford, County of Gloucester, except as otherwise provided and permitted in this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge any shotgun, rifle, pistol, or any other kind of firearm whereby any shot, bullet, or missile is shot or scattered within the confines of the Township of West Deptford, except as follows:
During the regular hunting season, hunting for game will be permitted provided, however, the hunter must be in compliance with all applicable hunting laws of the State of New Jersey and the 450 feet limit, as provided for in Section 92-1 hereof.
At a hunting/firearms range approved by the Township Committee after all approvals have been obtained from appropriate Federal and State authorities.
Prohibitions in this chapter shall not apply to any law enforcement officer acting within the scope of his authority and duties, to any government employee authorized or required by his employment or office to carry or use firearms in the State of New Jersey, to any person having a valid permit issued to him by lawful authority to carry or use firearms in the State of New Jersey.
For the purposes of this chapter, the term firearm shall mean any pistol, revolver, gun, rifle, cannon, artillery piece or other ordinance, including any miniature weapon which acts by force of gunpowder or other explosive, including any instrument or device designed to propel any projectile by the use of spring or compressed air propulsion.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for more than 90 days, or both.