[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant 7-22-1980. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Noise — See Ch. 139.
The Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant, being fully cognizant of the fact that considerable damage has been done to the property of residents of the Town of Mount Pleasant and being also aware that, because of the limited confines of areas within the Town of Mount Pleasant and the close proximity thereto of residential and other structures and property inhabited and used by residents of the town, and being further aware that the use of firearms in the town is a matter affecting the public health, safety and welfare, which matter should be subject to control by the Town of Mount Pleasant, intends by the enactment of this chapter to regulate the discharge of firearms within the Town of Mount Pleasant.
No person shall, except in self-defense and when reasonably necessary for the protection of life or property or when hunting upon lands with the permission of the owner thereof, fire or discharge or cause to be fired or discharged any rifle, shotgun, air rifle, slingshot or firearms, as defined in § 265.00 of the Penal Law, within the boundaries of the Town of Mount Pleasant.
The prohibitions in this chapter shall not apply to any officer of the law while engaged in the protection of the safety of the people of the State of New York or the Town of Mount Pleasant, nor shall they apply to a member or guest of a gun club engaged in any shooting upon such gun club premises which, except for this chapter, is permitted by law.
The Town Board may permit the discharge of projectile-firing ammunition from firearms upon any appropriate occasion of public ceremony, provided that the following conditions are complied with:
Application is made, in writing, to the Town Board at least seven days before the proposed use of firearms, showing that a responsible adult will be in charge of the proposed use of firearms, and further showing that precautionary measures for the protection of the public health which are sufficient in the judgment of the Town Board will be taken by the applicant.
A bond, with sureties satisfactory to the Town Board, shall be filed with the application before the proposed use of firearms, in an amount satisfactory to the Town Board, conditioned for the payment of any and all damages to any person or to any property caused by the proposed use of firearms, and provided further that the Town Board may, in its discretion, dispense with the posting of any such bond in the case of firing of memorial salutes with rifles loaded with blank cartridges by any veterans' organization.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of no more than $250 or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both, for each offense. Each discharge of a firearm in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.