Age limits on target practice? Minnesota


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dmallind
February 13, 2005, 10:25 AM
This is probably a simple question but I confess I have been unable to find the answer to it elsewhere. I even hit the Minnesota statute webpages themselves and waded through everything I could find to no avail. There is tons of info on CCW but very little on basic possession laws.

So here's my question: What is the age limit for having a child practice at a gun club while the parent is present? I reside in MN.

Thanks for the help!

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mpthole
February 13, 2005, 11:08 AM
I'm pretty sure that there is no limit as long as the parent is present.

Randy in Arizona
February 13, 2005, 11:55 AM
I wuz sitting here trying to figure out how you could be too OLD to target practice! Then I read the thread, OOPS!

Too young? Only if too small to hold the gun pointed in a safe direction or understand what they are doing. :)

Old Fud
February 13, 2005, 12:09 PM
Dunno about laws, but each range in my area has slightly different rules.

Chabot will allow an 8-year-old on a rifle range, but 12 or older for handguns, and 16 before non-supervised use.
Davis St range demands 12 or older for rifles, no pistols.
TargetMaster in Milpitas is a bit different yet.

All I can do is ask and then be selective where I take my grand-kids.

Fud

Guy B. Meredith
February 13, 2005, 01:22 PM
I thought the question was top limit as well. Fud has it right for Chabot and, I believe, USI in Concord. Otherwise I just frequent the action pistol ranges where I have not seen an age limit, but also not seen anyone under about 18.

On the other end there is no limit, of course. In the "smoking section" (black powder) at Chabot there is one gentleman that comes up on a walker to shoot his flintlock or percussion piece. Down the line a bit is a gentleman that built his own matchlock. Guess they'll be there until they make the final change in residence. Great gentlemen.

sully
February 13, 2005, 03:20 PM
Minnesota has no law that governs what age that children can shoot firearms while with their parents. We have a 9yoa boy that attends training courses regularily with his father.

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dmallind
February 13, 2005, 05:02 PM
Great - thanks!

Just checked in at the local range - Armored Fire is the closest to me for the local folks - and they said for insurance purposes <18 yo needs a DNR certificate to be allowed in the range, which makes sense and is not a bad idea.

I have a 14yr old stepdaughter and even though I'm a raw beginner myself it would be nice to have her trained so that the guns in the house are both safer and potentially more useful.

Luckily they rent a full range of semi-autos at this place so I can rent a .22 for her until she is comfortable with the recoil on my 19 - not that it's that bad of course but she is half my weight so will be more so for her.

pete f
February 14, 2005, 05:08 AM
Buy a ruger 22 mk II or III

you need the practice and friendly compettion between you on the same gun will be fun,

Also lots of out door places to shoot here. Non metro area shooting is very easy to find and close enough to make it not a big deal to go.

halvey
February 14, 2005, 11:25 AM
Just checked in at the local range - Armored Fire is the closest to me for the local folks - and they said for insurance purposes <18 yo needs a DNR certificate to be allowed in the range, which makes sense and is not a bad idea. Well maybe. Or, they don't want gangbangers coming in there so they make up this "insurance" requirement.

Bills - at least used to - say you need a purchase or carry permit to use the range. I was NEVER asked for one.

larryw
February 14, 2005, 11:37 AM
As a slight thread shift, my club (http://www.sunnyvalegunclub.com/) limits children supervised by an adult to 6 and older. Not for firearm safety reasons (that's the supervising adult's function), but developmental concerns: Children younger than six are very susceptible to sudden and permanent hearing damage, even with ear muffs and plugs.

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