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is shooting silhouette targets illegal in washington?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by loudandclear, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. loudandclear

    loudandclear Olympia Member

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    I want to start practicing to shoot competition. They generally use these cardboard targets.

    BHI Cardboard Silhouette Target

    I've heard that it is illegal in Washington state to use Silhouette targets.

    When I was at a range the range master gave us paper targets of human silhouettes.

    Just wondering if anyone had any real data or information either way.
     
  2. coastal steelheader

    coastal steelheader Aberdeen Well-Known Member

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    I've never heard of a law like that but it wouldn't surprise me if it exists either.
     
  3. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I've shot 'em 1000s of times at ranges.I have a roll of surplus LEO targets that I bought at the store,She didn't have a "not legal to actually shoot" tag on them....???
     
  4. ruSSrt

    ruSSrt WA Member

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    The only targets I've shot are "bad guys" pointing guns at you. Range where I used to shot I saw many off duty police officers shoot "human forms".
    I think it's perfectly fine....
     
  5. enjr4

    enjr4 Renton, WA Active Member

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    Shoot them all the time.
     
  6. m1gunr

    m1gunr Tacoma Member

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    Some years ago (10+) Mass tried to pass a law forbidding the use of human silhouettes at some of its Class A & B ranges. Someone posted this info and it got passed to other states and folks just assumed it was law.

    There is no RCW against using them. Most ranges will not let you use faces of current political figures.

    WAC 332-52-145: Firearms and target shooting.


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    Turkey Targets | Pattern Your Shotgun

    making a silhouette target for 20-30 cents
    YouTube - How to make Paper Targets for 20 cents by SAR
     
  7. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Nice link M1

    At first I was thinking I was semi breaking the law about things I was shooting. Things like old cars, signs, appliances, ect since I do shoot them. Then I read the key statement, "The department regulates and enforces target shooting on department-managed lands." so since I do these things on my private property, with my property it is not illegal.
     
  8. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    What moron told you that?
     
  9. toywin12

    toywin12 Tacoma, Washington Member

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    I believe until recently, the Tacoma Sportsmans didn't allow the use of silhouette targets...
     
  10. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    WAC won't allow targets with current political figures on them to be sold at their shows, but I know of no law against it.

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  11. coastal steelheader

    coastal steelheader Aberdeen Well-Known Member

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    Legal or not it sounds like the typical PC run amok in our once great state.

    I miss the days when people could pretty much do what they wanted before the finger waving nannies took over this state.
     
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  12. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    The "No Silhouette Target" issue is one that is specific to some ranges. Kenmore, for example, has banned them forever. All sorts of explanations given from the reasonable to the bizarre. The "reasonable" includes the desire to keep the bullets within a given area to get maximum life out of the target frames. One that falls into the bizarre is the feeling that "since the target is almost always a black silhouette it's racist to shoot at it". (believe it or not I heard that from a Kenmore range master).

    Some ranges cater more to the "Bullseye" shooters and others to the "tactical shooter". Different target styles for each but No Law against any given type of target, even political figures. After all, when one is practicing their 2A rights you certainly can't take away their 1A rights.

    As for WAC prohibiting the sale of targets with political figures, it's most likely a choice to keep from drawing any more unwanted attention to an already attention getting activity. OC perhaps but it is also a case of choosing battles.
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Evergreen Sportsmans Club in South Thurston Cty does not allow anything that looks like a bipedal form, including if you can believe it, bowling pins. They claim it's because anti gunners might use it against us in trying to shut them down. I say it's the really bizarre old school shooters running the place.. they simply haven't caught up with the times

    Oh, BTW the police only range just over the berm uses any targets they like. I tend to avoid the place unless I'm sighting something in
     
  14. wyecoyote

    wyecoyote Pierce County, WA New Member

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    I thought they were still banned at Tacoma Sportsman. Have to check for certain though.
     
  15. Browning55

    Browning55 Seattle-Everett Area Active Member

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    Yep - there is no RCW or WAC prohibiting the use of silhouette targets. I was told at an indoor range that state law prohibits targets with the likeness of any living political figure. That is not correct. Private establishments can make their own rules and post them. But giving incorrect legal advice is a little too common.
     
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    Simonpie Portland Active Member

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