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Legal to shoot on private (rural) property in Polk county, IA?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Tallinar, Oct 11, 2011.

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  1. Tallinar

    Tallinar Member

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    Hey folks,

    Researching this for a friend. I have a buddy who lives in a rural area in Iowa, outside of any city limits. I am trying to locate any laws that would prevent him from engaging in target practice on his own property - either with handgun or rifle. My web searches for finding such laws have given me no results.

    Specifically, I am wondering if there are any sort of "proximity" laws that would state that he can't discharge firearms (or if laws contain any specificity - rifles) within X distance of neighboring buildings, highways or interstates and the like.

    Can anyone comment on this? Would these likely be county or state laws, or possibly both? If anyone could refer me to some literature, it would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Scimmia

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    The only applicable state laws I know of are that you can't discharge a firearm in an incorporated area (ie within city limits) or in any manner that could be considered "reckless" which usually means shooting at/towards someone or something you shouldn't.

    Edit: To clarify, I'm ONLY referring to this specific circumstance of target shooting on private property. When you start talking hunting or public lands, the rules change entirely.
     
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  3. mg.mikael

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    The only thing I can think of that you might need to look into is the location you'll be doing the shooting. For example some places say you need to be at least 100 ft from the center median of a public roadway when discharging a firearm. (This is dependent on the state.) But other than that happy shooting. :)
     
  4. hermannr

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    Don't shoot along, across a road, or towards a building. Look in your hunting regs. I'm sure they define how far from whatever. remember, that firing from you own porch (assuming it is otherwise safe) is not generally a problem. It is what is downrange, and your neighbors property that is possibly a problem. Remember, a high power rifle bullet can go 3+ miles, and a pistol bullet can easily go a mile....

    As for absolute restrictions: look in your particular county ordinances. They may be different.
     
  5. Tallinar

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    Thanks for the replies.
     
  6. kk0g

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    The reason you can't locate any laws pertaining to it is because there are none. Tell your friend to be safe and have fun.
     
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