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Postby chaz » Tue, 01 Dec 2015 18:45:00

Hello Everyone,

I have a niece who lives in King George. She recently purchased legally a hand gun. She lives in an area that is considered rural. She wants to be able to practice her target shooting skills in her yard. She has houses that are closer than a 1000 feet away. I use the 1000 foot rule because I am a hunter in MD. What are the rules in VA for discharging a fire arm? Can anybody give exact rules and regulations that I can pass on to her. She does not want to get into any trouble.
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Re: Local Gun Laws

Postby OakRidgeStars » Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:32:30

From the VA DGIF website: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulations/

It shall be unlawful to discharge a firearm within any densely populated area: within 200 yards from any structure or within 100 yards from any public street, secondary road, or highway within the city, except on a permitted firing range or at or upon the property of another without permission.

I wasn't able to find any additional information on the COV site, but you can search it from this link:

http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode


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Re: Local Gun Laws

Postby chaz » Tue, 01 Dec 2015 20:33:32

^^^^^^^^^^

Thank you, I will pass the info on to her.


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Re: Local Gun Laws

Postby AlanM » Wed, 02 Dec 2015 04:56:35

except on a permitted firing range or at or upon the property of another without permission.


I hope that is a typo or I'm reading it wrong.

Shouldn't that say "or upon the property of another with permission"

I couldn't find that regulation text in the link provided. Then again it is 0400 right now.
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Re: Local Gun Laws

Postby OakRidgeStars » Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:00:50

AlanM wrote:I couldn't find that regulation text in the link provided. Then again it is 0400 right now.


It's under the Regulations link shows restrictions by municipality.


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Re: Local Gun Laws

Postby AlanM » Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:51:57

I guess it depends on whether or not the "or" is part of the exception or the first part of that sentence.
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Re: Local Gun Laws

Postby MNMGoneShooting » Sat, 05 Dec 2015 10:27:31

So before I ever got into hunting and learned the regs stated above, I used my backyard without thinking twice about it. But I did take common sense approaches:
1) Talked to the neighbors and let them know that I was going to be back there shooting
2) contacted the Sheriff's office to let them know, giving my phone number and time window

Never had a problem for the last 18 years living here. Google earth shows houses within the 200yd boundary of where I shoot; but funny thing is those neighbors shoot as well.
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Re: Local Gun Laws

Postby AlanM » Sun, 06 Dec 2015 09:04:11

MNMGoneShooting wrote:Never had a problem for the last 18 years living here. Google earth shows houses within the 200yd boundary of where I shoot; but funny thing is those neighbors shoot as well.


At their own targets or are they returning fire?

Back in Ohio I once asked my barber where he shot (meaning practiced).
He answered, "Oh, I shoot at my in-laws."
"Really, how much do you lead them?" I responded.
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Re: Local Gun Laws

Postby MNMGoneShooting » Sun, 06 Dec 2015 22:22:01

AlanM wrote:
MNMGoneShooting wrote:Never had a problem for the last 18 years living here. Google earth shows houses within the 200yd boundary of where I shoot; but funny thing is those neighbors shoot as well.


At their own targets or are they returning fire?

Back in Ohio I once asked my barber where he shot (meaning practiced).
He answered, "Oh, I shoot at my in-laws."
"Really, how much do you lead them?" I responded.


LOL - Sometimes I wonder if they see my targets and shoot at them ;-)
No return fire; we're all neighbors just believing in our right to keep our guns and make sure they are operational and we know how to use them.

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