Is it Legal to shoot on my land in Clackamas County

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  1. jgeist

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    I own 3 acres a bit outside of the city limits in Clackamas County. I would like to set up a short distance outdoor range for handgun practice (a heavy duty backstop would be in place) and I am trying to find out if it is legal to shoot on my property or not... No guess's here as I do not want to get in major crap, I am looking for as much detail as I can get... Any ideas?
     
  2. Garg

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    I would think it would be ok, but I suggest you contact the county mounties. Every experience I have had with them has been positive. I am sure they could tell you if you would be ok with that. My guess is that if you have neighbors near by, they would be your biggest problem. I would contact everyone within ear shot (so to speak) and let them know, or find out how they feel about it. If you just started shooting one day, you might get a visit from a confused LEO.

    I have a friend with about 10 ish acres out on Harding Rd. well outside the city and shooting is fine. His neighbors often will shoot on their property as well.
     
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  3. Cougfan2

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    I would make sure that you are indeed outside of city limits. Years ago a buddy and I were hunting south of Overland Park, KS in what we were sure was the country. About 20 minutes after we had shot a couple of rabbits an Overland Park Police car pulls up with lights flashing asking what the heck we thought we were doing. Long story short, he didn't arrest us although he could have. Turns out the city had annexed a bunch of rural land for future development and we were hunting well within city limits although there wasn't a house any where even remotely close to where we were.
     
  4. brushbuster

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    I've been shooting on my 8 acres between Carver and Redland for about eighteen years with no problems or complaints. I hear others nearby on occasion as well. Just be sure you are not inside the city limits of one of the "new" towns like Happy Valley or Damascus or something and go for it. The above advice to check with the Clackadeputies would also put your mind at ease. Have many happy and safe shoots!!!
     
  5. hermannr

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    We shoot on our land all the time, and almost everyone else in the area here also shoots on their property. It would be my suggestion, that every time, before you start firing on your range, you call the Sheriff an give them a heads up, so when the "gunshots heard" phone calls come in from your area come in they know they do not have to waste their time.

    Make sure there are no close houses down range and don't shoot so often, and at such times, as to be a burr in your neighbors collective bonnet.
     
  6. 22many

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    I do believe that the law states that it is illegal to shoot inside the city limits. Beings that your outside of it you should be good to go.
     
  7. The B

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    and that cop JUMPED on the opportunity to make himself feel smart by trying to make you feel dumb, despite the fact that it was not only an easy mistake to make, but that it'd probably been made 40 times before.

    /derail
     
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  8. DieselScout

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    It is legal to shoot on your land as long as you are not within city limits and doing so safely. Check out ORS 166.171 it outlines it quite well.
     
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  9. cpy911

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    Is there any rule about being a specified distance from a road or building? Would 2.5 acres be enough for pistols and .22 rifles assuming shooting into a hill or berm?
     
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  10. The Heretic

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    Washington country has a no shooting district that extends outside of various city limits.

    Some counties, especially those near metro areas, have similar districts.

    Just because you are outside of a city limit does not mean you won't be inside a no shooting district.

    I advise you to check with the county, maybe the zoning office, to see if there is such a district in Clackamas county, and if they have a map of it. Don't take someone's verbal word for this - get the map if there is such a thing.
     
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  11. sturgflurman

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    I ran into something similiar in Yamhill county and found this out. The text that that I took to the county is in bold. If it is truly private property and you put a tiny bit of work into making a "range", the law is on your side.

    "A county may adopt ordinances to regulate, restrict or prohibit the discharge of firearms within their boundaries. Ordinances adopted under subsection (1) of this section may not apply to or affect:

    (a)A person discharging a firearm in the lawful defense of person or property.

    (b)A person discharging a firearm in the course of lawful hunting.

    (c)A landowner and guests of the landowner discharging a firearm, when the discharge will not endanger adjacent persons or property.

    (d)A person discharging a firearm on a public or private shooting range, shooting gallery or other area designed and built for the purpose of target shooting.

    (e)A person discharging a firearm in the course of target shooting on public land that is not inside an urban growth boundary or the boundary of a city, if the discharge will not endanger persons or property.

    (f)An employee of the United States Department of Agriculture, acting within the scope of employment, discharging a firearm in the course of the lawful taking of wildlife. [1995 s.s. c.1 §2; 2009 c.556 §1]
     
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  12. joken

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    We live on 5 acres 4 miles from the city center in the liberal mecca of Corvallis. I have neighbors close by and I shoot handguns when I get the itch. I have never had a visit from the Sheriff, even though I'm sure some folks don't like it.
     
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  13. WoodsPlinker

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    I vaguely remember when my wife and I were researching it you could not shoot towards a road.

    With that many acres all you'll be able to shoot is pistols and pistol caliber carbines, for fun at least. We have similar acerage and while I do site in a few rifles it's kinda boring, no challenge to rifles.... Shotgun at a tree stump is fun, also I highly recommend eggs and a 22lr.

    Luckily we back up to miles of forest land on 3 sides of our property in the middle of hunting territory so neighbors can't tell our gunfire from the hunters. But I'm pretty sure the steel targets in my backyard is a dead giveaway we use it as a range.

    And yeah each county is different, we read something about shooting during fire season for our county, don't remember the exact law so we just don't shoot in the summer. (Even though others do in them thar hills)
     
  14. slingshot1943

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    Check to be sure you are not in an urban growth boundary.
     
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  15. The Heretic

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    Does using a dozer to make a berm count? :D

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  16. cpy911

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    Can you shoot within the urban growth boundary but outside city limits in Clackamas county?
     

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