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Discharging a Firearm in a "Residential Area".

Discussion in 'Legal' started by grant1265, May 12, 2011.

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  1. grant1265

    grant1265 Well-Known Member

    A few weeks ago, i was teaching my friend's 6 year old how to shoot. He was having a lots of fun and we were shooting a bowling pin at about 15-20 yds. at the end of my driveway with a henry lever octagon .22 with remington thunderbolts and mini mags. Keep in mind, this was into a completely safe dirt backstop. Anyway about an hour after my friend left and I went inside, the door bell rang. I went down and answered, and it was my closest "neighbor" that lives about 1 mile away. He said that it was illegal to discharge a firearm in a residential area and if I did it again he would call the cops:barf:. I kindly said I would not do it again and cleaned up the brass out front just in case the police came. The odd thing is that I have been shooting for almost 3 years and no one has mentioned anything( I don't even know how he heard the .22 rifle from a mile away). Also, I live in a very large development, but i live in the only house in here. I'm in west albemarle county, VA. Just wanted to see what you guys thought of this.

    P.S.- I was going to post this in legal, but didn't really think it belonged there.
  2. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    Have you looked through the VA laws and any local ordinances? I don't think we can provide good counsel here since your situation will unique to where you live. You don't appear to live in an incorporated town or city where firearm discharges are almost always a no-no.
  3. JCallaway82

    JCallaway82 Well-Known Member

    Residential area? I would imagine there was an acreage or sq. footage that need be met to discharge a firearm.But it is also about clearance and terrain, and city limits. Check your local ordinances, if you are within the law to shoot the only thing the guy could complain about is noise...which is negligible with a .22 from a mile away IMO.
  4. grant1265

    grant1265 Well-Known Member

  5. Frozen North

    Frozen North Well-Known Member

    First, are you inside city limits or in township or county area? It is almost never legal to shoot inside the limits of any city. You may have to check on any county or township laws.

    Second, every bullet can be a law suit, so make sure you know where ALL of them go.

    If first and second are covered, tell the neighbor to kiss you tail feathers!
  6. grant1265

    grant1265 Well-Known Member

    I am not inside Charlottesville city limits.
  7. 9mm+

    9mm+ Well-Known Member

    Okay, thanks. Although there is no one in your development, obviously your neighbor can hear you so you're going to get snagged sooner or later. My best advice is to find an accredited range and send lead down range there instead. Shooting in your neighborhood is going to land you in some hot water.
  8. JCallaway82

    JCallaway82 Well-Known Member

    Pretty funny in that it mentions you are not allowed to "stand" or "walk" with a loaded gun..but it says nothing about crawling, jumping or skipping. :cool:

    On the zoning map does it show your area as being any of the following?

    For purposes of this section, "residential district" shall mean any district described as Village
    Residential - VR, Residential R-1, Residential R-2, Residential R-4, Residential R-6, Residential R-10, Residential
    R-15, Neighborhood Model - NMD, Planned Unit Development - PUD or Planned Residential Development - PRD
    on the official zoning map of the county.

    If so, no shooting is possible, not matter distances or clearance it seems.
  9. Kleanbore

    Kleanbore Moderator

    The question is whether you reside within a residential district.
  10. grant1265

    grant1265 Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I've got a range about 40 miles away where i shoot my bigger firearms, but i just thought it was kind of ridiculous to drive that far to shoot a .22 rifle. Looks like i'll have to join the closer private ranges.
  11. JCallaway82

    JCallaway82 Well-Known Member

  12. grant1265

    grant1265 Well-Known Member

    It says it is a "rural area 3"
  13. grant1265

    grant1265 Well-Known Member

    I just checked, it is legal to shoot in my development.
  14. JCallaway82

    JCallaway82 Well-Known Member

    Well there you go. Your neighbor will most likely call the cops. I would have the pertinent literature handy if anyone doubted the legality...noise complaints are a whole other animal.

    But .22 shots from a mile aware are not really "disturbing the peace" type noise....
  15. mfcmb

    mfcmb Well-Known Member

    In the county where I live (in a Southwestern state) it is illegal to discharge a firearm except in self defense or at a licensed range, despite the majority of our county being rural. On the other hand, in the town where my brother in law lives in Tennessee, where the houses are in a development on 1/2 acre lots with no fences, it is legal for him to shoot on his property: and he occasionally does. It all depends on where you live.
  16. JDMorris

    JDMorris Well-Known Member

    Subsonic ammo should help keep the noise down, that or you could get a supressor :evil:
  17. ShroomFish

    ShroomFish Well-Known Member

    .22 Super Colibri's nice quite and nobody will ever know :p

    Not to mention cheap >.>
  18. rozziboy18

    rozziboy18 Well-Known Member

    yet another vote for a supressor
  19. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

    If it's illegal to shoot at a certain place, having a supressor doesn't make it legal.:cuss: (It just makes it harder to get caught. Not very "High Road".)

    If it's legal, the neighbor needs to get used to it.
  20. scythefwd

    scythefwd Well-Known Member

    I vote for subsonics as well. It aint about legalitt deadin, it's about not pissing off the neighbors. It's the ame concept of not mowing my lawn @ 10 am if my neighbor works nights. I'd be perfectly in the law, but it'd still be a dick thing to do.
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