[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Upper Pottsgrove 11-5-2007 by Ord. No. 412. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Blasting — See Ch. 109.
No person shall discharge or fire, or cause to be discharged or fired, any firearm within or through publicly owned lands or a safety zone of 450 feet surrounding any dwelling, playground, place of business or other structure within Upper Pottsgrove Township, subject to exceptions set forth in § 183-3 of this chapter.
For purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Shall include but not be limited to all devices commonly referred to as "guns," including revolvers, pistols, rifles, shotguns, carbines, machine guns, cannons, field guns and any other devices which propel a missile, projectile, bullet, or other mass through a barrel by means of cartridge or shell or by the action of an explosive or the igniting of flammable or explosive substances.
This chapter shall require no further limitations nor grant any greater privileges beyond those which are already regulated by the relevant laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but not limited to:
The discharge of a firearm by a law enforcement officer or military personnel acting within the line of duty, including but not limited to active operations, training exercises and ceremonies.
The discharge of a firearm for purposes of hunting or other activities regulated by and conducted in accordance with the Game and Wildlife Code of Pennsylvania.
The discharge of a firearm in defense of human life or of the residence or place of business of the person discharging the firearm.
The discharge of a firearm within 450 feet of a person's own residential dwelling but outside the safety zone of his adjoining neighbors.
The discharge of a firearm within a safety zone of 450 feet with the prior permission/consent of the owner and/or occupants of the dwelling or other structure.
Any person who violates this chapter or assists or abets in violation shall, upon conviction thereof before any Magistrate, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $600, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of the payment of said fines and costs, shall be committed to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility for a period not exceeding 30 days. Each violation shall constitute a separate offense for which a summary conviction may be sought.