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Shooting on your own acreage...

Discussion in 'Firearm Laws & Legal' started by HappyValleyAP, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. HappyValleyAP

    HappyValleyAP Brush Prairie, WA Active Member

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    I'm considering building a shooting backstop and then re-looked at the Clark County map that shows shooting restrictions and realized the coloring of my area (despite it being out of city limits and me having over 5 acres) shows it as "shotguns bows and muzzle loaders" not "no restrictions" as I previously thought it was. (Maybe I'm color blind)

    What about BB, pellet etc?
     
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  2. therealhitman

    therealhitman USA Well-Known Member

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    One word for you....drones.
     
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    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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  4. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I suspect it all depends on your neighbors. One complaint and you will probably have some hassles to deal with.

    I don't have any restrictions but I still shoot most of my big calibers through a silencer and a shooting tube I built out of old tires covered in dirt. I just stick the muzzle in the tube and it helps to absorb a lot of the extra noise. I've asked several neighbors and they don't seem to even notice when I am shooting inside the tube. I don't have to do this but I the acoustics in my neighborhood are bad and noise travels so I wanted to be respectful.
     
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  5. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    IMO, I would talk to your neighbors on the down low and feel out how they feel about it.

    If everyone's on board then there shouldn't be any reason for the cops to be called, especially if your shooting with a silencer.


    On the flip side, you could try and get some legal assistance and apply for an exemption or try to get the area rezoned. Being brush prairie though I'm guessing the population density is too high unless you have a real good backstop.
     
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  6. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Then get r done before they move in!!! Sounds like you have a best case senario.

    As neighbors move in, IMO I would welcome them with a baked desert or something similar (alcohol can be great if they drink but that's hard to judge). While there I would provide my cell phone and other contact information and be upfront about how you do shoot on your land, it's not aimed at thier property, your not useing ammo that will ricochet or start a fire (bs but to an anti gunner it may help to cover your bases) and let them know you only shoot during X to Y time so as to be curtious about any noise that it may cause in the area.

    Shotguns are about as loud as an AR or AK so if your careful, no one will ever be the wiser. Just don't post stuff on Facebook or have a big group over to shoot all at once, i.e. Common sense for the most part.
     
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  7. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    When's the opening celebration?:D
     
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  8. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    :eek:Ouch!

    But so worth it in the long run:rolleyes:
     
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  9. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Pellet guns and shotguns to tide you over?:rolleyes:
     
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  10. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Sounds like its going to be a very nice range!
     
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  11. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    As one person mentioned, put together a "shooting tube" for the really loud stationary shooting.

    I can legally shoot on my property, but I rarely do. I have neighbors who shoot almost every week, but on my property I have neighbors in three directions and no good backstops. Only on direction could I safely shoot in and the distance isn't very much.

    One neighbor complained about another neighbor downslope who shot .50 BMG - asked him to shoot in a different direction so it wasn't so loud. Neighbor ignored him. Be a good neighbor and most people won't mind.
     
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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Check out this guy in Florida.
    His homemade backstop is questionable, but it's legal.

     
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    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nice work! I hope to be able to do something like that some day - won't happen where I currently live, but maybe....someday.
     
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  14. Arleyg

    Arleyg Willamette Valley Member

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    I see that Florida just passed a law this year to prevent this from happening from now on.

    I'm not too impressed with a guy building an open shooting range in a close residential area such as that. The noise alone would be enough to get complaints from neighbors.

    Apparently it's not that safe since he had to look for boats before he started shooting.

    Also, if I was a local dirtbag I know who I would visit when they were on vacation, because they told me they have guns!!!!!

    Just my .02

     
  15. Cigarlvr313

    Cigarlvr313 Washougal Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I hate to be the only "bubblegummer" in the crowd but I have lived in Clark County for over 25yrs and I'm still fortunate enough to live on property that is "unrestricted" for shooting. I guess I'm trying to figure out why you would intentionally break the law and put the rest of us at risk? Have you looked into the penalties for shooting inside the "City Limits"? I believe that is what you will be charged with? I thought we were supposed to be putting the best face possible on gun owners, not thumbing our noses at law enforcement? This could turn into a pretty big deal if you get the wrong people involved. I advise that you think this over long and hard before you start shooting. Clark Rifles has been having problems for years with neighbors and most of us that can shoot legally do so with the highest consideration for our neighbors in mind. I'm not interested in getting people in Clark County riled up and turned against legal gunowners. With the housing prices in PDX it is only a matter of time until the entire county will be "No Shooting..........." Why give the anti-gunners more "ammo" to use against us? If you are in the "Shotguns, Muzzle-loaders & Bow" area why not be happy with what you are allowed?
     
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  16. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    A person doesn't have to be happy with restrictions - they just have to obey the law.

    I am not happy that I have to do a BGC/etc. every time I buy or sell a gun, but I do obey the law.

    Just my rant - I hate it when people say "why can't you be happy with what you got?"
     
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  17. Cigarlvr313

    Cigarlvr313 Washougal Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I think we are on the same page Heretic......maybe the political correctness bug has had an effect on me...,
     
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