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    Default Re: Target practice on private property

    Quote Originally Posted by Emptymag View Post
    I couldn't even begin to guess where tell you to start looking for answers, but thought I'd say "welcome to the forum" and that you're welcome to come join us at the upcoming group shoot that isn't too far from you. Check the link in my sig line for details!

    A Prius? Ugh.
    Hey thanks for the invite, I appreciate it! I'll definitely check out the link

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    Default Re: Target practice on private property

    Quote Originally Posted by Hodgie View Post
    Call your local township zoning board they can tell you everything you need to know. I shoot on my property in areas where the landscape provides me a natural back stop and I have recently invested in some proper AR500 steel targets, may want to do the same.

    I also happen to drive a Prius for commuting reasons but will admit many of their drivers are dicks.
    My buddy was just saying the same thing today about steel targets, which I'm going to look into now that all of my pallets are shims. For the record, I have nothing against Priuses, just the chode that happened to be driving this one, saw me in a field with a GUN and freaked out. I just remember the vehicle was a Prius.

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    Default Re: Target practice on private property

    Quote Originally Posted by GunLawyer001 View Post
    The NRA has recommendations for range design, but I doubt that the phrase "approved backstop" appears in the local ordinances.

    I'd stop by the local police and ask for some input, ask to see what ordinances apply. If they give you a blank look, go to the nearest public library and ask to see the ordinances for your municipality, they usually have them. There's a difference between what the zoning code requires for a "public range" used by many, and what you're allowed to do yourself on your own land.

    Statewide, there are criminal statutes involving recklessness and endangering others, but not much in the way of regulating shooting at dirt on your own land. The locals tend to do that, which is NOT preempted by state law (although regulation of the possession and carry and transport transfers of firearms are limited to state law, "use" is still fair game for the locals).
    This. Thank you.
    Had to edit this because you followed up with the NFA-registered silencer possibility. "What mama don't know won't hurt her" *Roy Orbison tattoo here*
    Last edited by DRPaz; April 1st, 2016 at 11:58 PM.

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    Default Re: Target practice on private property

    Quote Originally Posted by GunLawyer001 View Post
    They bring a few spares along, just in case they need to stomp a few.
    Real men stomp their own kittens.

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    Default Re: Target practice on private property

    I don't believe Penn Township has any regulations pertaining to the discharge of firearms. Myself and a number of my neighbors shoot quite a bit spring thru fall and there is no issue. And yes, the zip code is the same as yours

    Just be smart and respectful all will be good

    Craig
    OBAMA - One Big Ass Mistake America.....

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    Default Re: Target practice on private property

    As long as you are far enough off the roads and are not near any other houses then I don't think there are any requirements as far as backstops go. Obviously use common sense, make sure you aren't shooting over the backstop or that ricochets can't get over it.

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