Chapter 9.08
FIREARMS

Sections:

9.08.010    Firearms defined.

9.08.020    Discharging within City unlawful.

9.08.030    Parent responsibility.

9.08.040    Exceptions.

9.08.050    Target or shooting range.

9.08.060    Hunting permit.

9.08.070    Special shooting permit.

9.08.080    Appeal.

9.08.090    Penalty for violation.

9.08.010 Firearms defined.

For the purpose of this chapter, “firearms” includes any shotgun, rifle, pistol, revolver, or air gun, and any other weapon of similar use and design. [Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 27-2007 §4, eff. 10-12-2007]

9.08.020 Discharging within City unlawful.

It is unlawful for any person to use, fire or discharge any firearm within the City except as provided in EGMC Sections 9.08.040, 9.08.050, 9.08.060 and 9.08.070. [Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 27-2007 §4, eff. 10-12-2007]

9.08.030 Parent responsibility.

It is unlawful for any parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of a minor to knowingly permit or allow such minor to violate any of the provisions of this chapter. Any parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of a minor who violates the provisions of this chapter under the circumstances specified in this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. [Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 27-2007 §4, eff. 10-12-2007]

9.08.040 Exceptions.

The prohibitions of this chapter do not apply when the use of a firearm is necessary for the protection of life or property or to a peace officer acting in the performance of his or her duties. [Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 27-2007 §4, eff. 10-12-2007]

9.08.050 Target or shooting range.

The prohibitions of this chapter do not apply to the establishment or maintenance of any pistol, rifle, target range or shooting gallery, nor to the discharge at any target thereon, by any person using such range or shooting gallery, of any rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, air gun, or bow and arrow in or on such range or shooting gallery; provided, that such range or shooting gallery complies with the Zoning Code and is so installed, constructed, safeguarded, equipped and used as to adequately prevent any bullet, shot, or missile from being projected beyond the confines of such range or shooting gallery. [Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 27-2007 §4, eff. 10-12-2007]

9.08.060 Hunting permit.

Hunting may be permitted on parcels of land for which a hunting permit is obtained from the Chief of Police of the Elk Grove Police Department. The Chief of Police may issue a hunting permit, provided he or she has ascertained that hunting on the subject land will not be dangerous to persons or property. All hunting permits shall be subject to the following conditions, violation of which shall constitute a violation of this chapter:

A. Hunting shall be limited to seasons as established by law;

B. No firearms other than shotguns may be used;

C. Any other conditions which the Chief of Police or his or her designee may impose for the protection of lives and property.

1. Application for a hunting permit shall be made in writing by the owner of the land and shall contain a map showing the location of the land, number of acres and the number of hunters requested to be on the land at any one (1) time.

2. Any hunting permit issued shall state the number of hunters allowed on the land at any one (1) time. The number shall be determined by the Chief of Police or his or her designee.

3. Any person hunting on land for which a hunting permit has been issued pursuant to this chapter shall wear a distinctive emblem furnished by the permittee, who shall furnish the Chief of Police with a description of the emblem.

4. A hunting permit issued pursuant to this chapter may be valid for no longer than one (1) year. [Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 27-2007 §4, eff. 10-12-2007]

9.08.070 Special shooting permit.

The Chief of Police (or designee) may also issue a special shooting permit to any farmer or orchardist whose agricultural property lies within the City to shoot predatory animals or birds which destroy growing crops or fruit, or for special events where the use of any firearm does not involve the firing of ammunition as defined by Section 16150 of the Penal Code or other applicable law. A special shooting permit issued under this section shall include such conditions and limitations as the Chief of Police or his or her designee may impose for the protection of lives and property. A written request for a special shooting permit, in the form required by the City, must be submitted to the Chief of Police at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the intended use. [Ord. 2-2019 §2, eff. 2-22-2019; Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 27-2007 §4, eff. 10-12-2007]

9.08.080 Appeal.

Anyone dissatisfied with the decision of the Chief of Police or his or her designee relative to an application for a hunting permit may file an administrative appeal within ten (10) days after receiving the decision pursuant to EGMC Chapter 1.11. [Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 27-2007 §4, eff. 10-12-2007]

9.08.090 Penalty for violation.

Any person who knowingly or recklessly violates EGMC Section 9.08.020 or 9.08.030 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor which shall be enforced pursuant to the provisions of EGMC Chapter 1.04. [Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 27-2007 §4, eff. 10-12-2007]