Township of Springfield, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: As to explosives see Ch. 41, supra.
[Adopted 10-19-1960 by Ord. No. 680; amended in its entirety 10-8-2013 by Ord. No. 1541]

§ 48-1 Discharge of firearms and other weapons restricted.

No person shall discharge, cause to be discharged or fire any firearm, including, but not limited to, any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or any weapon which is designed to or may readily be converted to expel any projectile by action of an explosive, within the Township of Springfield.
No person shall shoot or cause to be shot by use of a bow or any other instrument, any pointed arrows when said arrows are pointed with stone, wooden or metal tips.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any air rifle, air gun, BB gun, spring gun, paintball gun or any implement or weapon which is designed to impel with force a projectile of any kind, within the Township of Springfield.
Hunting of game or wildlife shall be prohibited within and on all property owned by the Township of Springfield.
The prohibitions of this Article I, § 48-1, shall not apply to the discharge or shooting of firearms or other weapons in the use of force in self-protection, for protection of other persons, for protection of property, or in the performance of a law enforcement duty. The Chief of Police may give prior written approval for the discharge of firearms or the shooting of arrows at properly constructed and supervised ranges, or the discharge of firearms during any military or law enforcement honor guard exercise.

§ 48-2 Violations and penalties.

Any person who violates this Article I, § 48-1, upon summary conviction before any District Justice, may be assessed a penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation. A separate and distinct violation shall be deemed committed for each discharge or shooting of a firearm or other weapon.

§ 48-3 Repealer.

All ordinances or parts of an ordinance inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

§ 48-3.1 Severability.

The provisions of this article are severable and if any section, sentence, clause, part, or provision hereof shall be held illegal, invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision of this shall not affect or impair the remaining sections, sentences, clauses, parts or provisions of this article. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Board that this article would have been adopted if such illegal, invalid or unconstitutional section, sentence, clause, part or provision had not been included herein.

§ 48-3.2 When effective.

This article shall become effective 30 days following final adoption by the Board of Commissioners and publication as required by law.
[Adopted 3-5-1929 by Ord. No. 47]

§ 48-4 License required.

[Amended 5-27-1975 by Ord. No. 919]
It shall be unlawful and it is hereby prohibited for any person, persons, firm or corporation to store, sell or offer or expose for sale, or have in possession with intent to sell, or to use, discharge or cause to be discharged, ignited, fired or otherwise set in action within the limits of the Township of Springfield, any fireworks, firecrackers, rockets, torpedoes, roman candles, fire balloons or other fireworks or substances of any combination whatsoever designed or intended for pyrotechnic display, except after having obtained a license as hereinafter provided.

§ 48-5 Discharging or exploding in streets prohibited.

[Amended 5-27-1975 by Ord. No. 919]
It shall be unlawful and it is hereby prohibited for any person, persons, firm or corporation unnecessarily to discharge in or into any street, highway or public place in the Township of Springfield any rifle, gun, pistol, revolver, cane, cannon or other appliance, whether projecting or exploding any bullet, cartridge or otherwise, or any explosive substance or mixture of chlorates or nitrates.

§ 48-6 License requirements.

A license for the public display of fireworks by properly qualified individuals or corporations or by the Township officials, under the direct supervision of experts in the handling of fireworks, may be issued by the Township Secretary, at the instruction of the Public Safety Committee of the said Commissioners, in such form as may be prescribed, and upon furnishing such information as in the opinion of the said Committee may be necessary to assure them that such display shall not be hazardous to property or endanger any person or persons, provided that application for such license be made 15 days in advance of the date of display.

§ 48-7 Storage.

Such fireworks or devices for pyrotechnic display may be stored within the limits of the Township of Springfield when the license for such storage has been issued under the direction of the Public Safety Committee of Springfield Township, provided that the building or premises in or upon which such storage is to be made has been properly inspected by the said Public Safety Committee, or an official of the Township designated by them, and certified as a proper place for such storage, and provided further that no license shall be issued for such storage within 500 feet of a school, church, hospital or other public institution or any building used as a place of public assembly.

§ 48-8 Inapplicability.

The provisions of this ordinance shall not apply to articles of the kind and nature herein mentioned which shall be in the possession of the railroads or transportation companies for the purpose of transportation, unless the same shall be held voluntarily by such railroads or companies as warehousemen, provided that none of the provisions of this ordinance shall apply to signaling devices used by the railroad companies or to high explosives used for blasting or similar purposes.

§ 48-9 (Reserved) [1]

Editor's Note: Former § 48-9, Penalties, was repealed 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 1156. See Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II, General Penalty, for current penalty provisions.

§ 48-10 Power to seize, take or remove.

The Police Department, with the approval of the Public Safety Committee, shall seize, take, remove or cause to be removed, at the expense of the owner, all stocks of fireworks or combustibles, offered or exposed for sale, stored or held in violation of this ordinance.

§ 48-11 Repeal of inconsistent ordinances.

All ordinances and parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.