Garner, North Carolina, Code of Ordinances >> PART I - GENERAL ORDINANCES >> Chapter 18 - WEAPONS AND EXPLOSIVES >> ARTICLE I. - IN GENERAL >>
Sec. 18-1. - Discharge of firearms; seizure of firearms; applicability of section.
It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot or discharge within the corporate limits of the town or on any town-owned property any gun, pistol or other firearm, or air rifle, pellet gun, BB gun, or similar device, by whatever name, for throwing a metal projectile by use of spring action or compressed air; provided, however, that this paragraph does not prohibit the discharge of firearms by any law enforcement officer in the discharge of his duty, including the shooting of birds, animals or reptiles as set forth in section 3-13(b) and (c).
Any town policeman is hereby authorized to seize and hold subject to court order any such gun, pistol or other firearm which shall have been shot or discharged within the town in violation of this section.
The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit the discharge of firearms either during the course of instruction in their use by the police department of the town or on a firing range after inspection and approval of the use of such range by the chief of police from the standpoint of public safety, or to the firing of firearms without projectiles in organized educational, entertainment, instructional or ceremonial events, sponsored by the Garner Parks and Recreations Department. Such inspection and approval shall be evidenced by a written permit issued by the chief to the applicant, and the chief shall impose any condition or conditions upon the use of such range deemed by him to be necessary and prudent with due regard to life, property and public safety. Such permit shall be revocable by the chief upon a finding by him that the permit holder is not exercising the privilege of such permit in a careful and prudent manner and with due regard to life and property.
The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit the lawful discharge of a firearm by any lawful officer in the discharge of his duty or by any person in the lawful defense of persons and property.