Shooting on private property in AZ

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  1. Flyboy73

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    I was looking today at some land to purchase in Az. Shooting came up and he mentioned you have to be 1/4 mile from a structure to shoot on your own propriety.

    I did some digging and found something about you have to be 1/4 mile when hunting and on BLM lands.

    Had no luck finding anything about shooting on your own land.

    Can anyone help me or point me in the right direction?

    Brion
     
  2. smalls

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    It's probably not a state law, but a city ordinances, which may vary.
     
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    It use to be - 1/4 mile from any building you don’t own.
     
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    1/4 mile from your own structure just didn't seems right to me.
     
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    my dads friend had 40 acres and as redneck as this sounds. We use to sit inside his living room and shoot out the back door to a 8x8 backstop he made for target practice. Definetly not safe by a long shot but he did this all the time. jim
     
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    Sorry, posted links were ignored. Removed to clean up the thread. Have a nice day. :)
     
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    I think i read that too. But as i plan on living far from a municipality, not an issue. Seems to be a lack of info on the net on this issue.

    Brion
     
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    Probably because there is no restriction.

    Best bet is to ask a local county attorney, or contact the State Attorney's office. don't bother talking to the local cops, as they probably won't know.
     
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    Enjoy. :)
     
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    The general belief in AZ is that you cannot shoot within 1/4 mile of an "occupied structure" without permission of the owner. This is a bit of a misunderstanding.

    As far as actual statutes:
    ARS 13-3101 Defines any house as an occupied structure whether someone is home or not.

    ARS 13-3107 makes it is a felony to discharge a weapon within a municipality unless you are more than 1/4 mile from an "occupied structure" with no mention of permission (or exception for your own house explicitly listed). It also reserves the right of localities to prohibit hunting within a quarter mile of an occupied structured (this provision is also repeated in ARS 13-3108 as an exception to the state preemption law). We have a couple areas open to "urban shotgun" hunting in the Phoenix are, so I suspect the proper reading of the law is felony for non-hunting related shooting in municipalities and the stricter of local ordnances (which can be up to misdemeanors) or hunting regs (which can be up to felony level) for hunting-related shooting.

    Game regulations also contain a 1/4 mi provision which is not restricted to municipalities, but has a "permission of owner" exception. This applies only to hunting and not to target shooting.

    Mike

    PS. Flyboy, I own two 34 acre parcels on Mt Graham and a 36 acre parcel near Peeple's Valley. I've done a lot of research and would be happy to respond to any questions if you want to PM me. A couple things to look out for: 1. You can get a big property tax break if you let someone else graze your land but the requirements for what constitutes a proper grazing lease varies greatly by county to country. I'm able to meet these requirements in Yavapi Country but not Graham County with the same status as open range. 2. surface rights were severed from subsurface rights statewide long long ago and I know of no one who owns their own subsurface rights. It does not matter, because unlike other states, surface rights are the "dominant estate" in AZ.
     
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    I have eaten a lot of deer meat that was taken from inside a sliding patio door.
     
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    buddy just moved to Kingman area his range is 75 yards from his front porch
     
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