549.08 DISCHARGING AND POSSESSION OF FIREARMS.
   (a)   No person shall discharge any firearm within the City.  This paragraph (a) shall not apply to the discharge of firearms in that part of the City that was formerly known as Northampton Township immediately prior to the merger of the City and Northampton Township.
   (b)   No person shall discharge any firearm within that part of the City formerly known as Northampton Township:
      (1)   On any parcel of land less than one acre in size,
      (2)   On any parcel of land containing more than one dwelling unit per acre, a dwelling unit being any building or portion thereof providing living facilities for one family,
      (3)   On any property owned by another, or in such a fashion that the projectile being fired enters or is capable of entering over or upon property owned by another, without having on his person the prior written consent of the owner or, if the property is occupied by a person other than the owner, the occupant of the property, said written consent stating with specificity the name of the person discharging the firearm and the date or dates upon which such firearm may be discharged,
      (4)   Upon or over any street, sidewalk, park or other property owned by the City, or
      (5)   Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. except those individuals who possess a valid deer hunting license may begin hunting at 7:00 a.m. during hunting season.  All other times remain the same.
   (c)   No person shall possess or have ready at hand a firearm while on the property of another without having on his person the prior written consent of the owner or, if the property is occupied by a person other than the owner, the occupant of the property, said written consent stating with specificity the name of the person in possession of the firearm and the date or dates upon which possession of such firearm is permitted.
   (d)   No person shall permit the assembly of five or more persons upon property owned or occupied by him for the purpose of discharging firearms without first notifying the Police Department of the time and place that firearms will be discharged.  This paragraph (d) shall not apply to bona fide gun clubs incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio which have regular days and times for the discharge of firearms.
   (e)   This section shall not apply to the discharge or possession of a firearm for show or memorial purposes where no projectile is discharged or to the discharge or possession of a firearm in the lawful defense of one’s person or property or in the discharge of an official duty or at a supervised indoor firing range operated as an incidental use to a properly zoned commercial enterprise lawfully engaged in the sale of firearms.
   (f)   Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.  If a violation of any provision of this section results in  physical harm to any person or property, the violator shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(Ord. 143-1996.  Passed 11-12-96.)