(A)   Discharge in town restricted. It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge firearms, pellet guns, explosives, incendiary devices, radioactive devices, compressed air rifles, compressed air pistols, or similar devices, by whatever name called, within the corporate limits of the town, except when used in defense of person or property or pursuant to lawful directions of law enforcement officers. As required by state law, the term FIREARM as used in this § 130.02 is defined the same as defined in G.S. § 14-409.39(2). The restriction on the discharge of firearms in this subsection (A) is intended to be consistent with G.S. §§ 160A-189 and 14-409.40(f). The restriction on the discharge of pellet guns in this div ision (A) is intended to be consistent with G.S. § 160A-190.
   (B)   Shooting or discharge of arrows prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot or discharge any arrow or similar projectile within the town's corporate limits by bow, crossbow, or similar device not defined as a firearm under G.S. 14-409.32(2). Archery practice on private property shall be excepted from this prohibition, provided that any arrow or similar projectile used in the archery practice does not leave the boundaries of the private property on which the archery practice is taking place.
   (C)   Carrying of concealed handguns in town buildings prohibited. As authorized by G.S. § 14-415.23(a), the town shall post on buildings owned, leased, licensed or occupied by the town and their appurtenant premises a notice prohibiting the carrying of a concealed handgun as defined in G.S. Ch. 14, Art. 54B. The notice shall be posted in a conspicuous location near the entrance of such town buildings and their appurtenant premises.
   (D)   Prohibition of firearms in town buildings, etc. As authorized by G.S. § 14-409.40(f), the possession of firearms (other than concealed handguns in the possession of a holder of a lawfully-issued permit to carry a concealed handgun pursuant to G.S. Ch. 14, Art. 54B; refer to division (C) above) is prohibited in buildings owned, leased or otherwise possessed by the town, on the grounds or parking areas of those buildings, or in public parks or recreation areas, except nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a person from storing a firearm within a motor vehicle while the vehicle is on these grounds or areas.
   (E)   Exception. This § 130.02 shall not apply to police officers and other duly authorized police and peace officers of the county, state and the United States of America, or the armed forces of the United States of America, while in the performance of their duties.
   (F)   Enforcement. Provisions of this Section may be enforced by the Police Department as appropriate.
   (G)   Violations. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to a civil penalty in the amount set forth in § 10.99 per violation. Violations of any provision of this section shall also be a misdemeanor and punishable as provided in G.S. § 14-4. Notwithstanding the foregoing, violation of division (E) above shall be punishable as provided in G.S. § 14-415.21(b).
(Ord. 02-21, passed 10-2-2002; Am. Ord. 19-01, passed 2-6-2019; Am. Ord. 19-06, passed 11-6-2019; Am. Ord. 19-08, passed 11-6-2019)