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    Default Got a fine shooting at SGL range

    I was sighting in my WASR 10 AK rifle at the state game land range.
    I shot 6 rounds at my paper target, slung the AK on my shoulder, then walked down range to change my target. There was noone else at the range.
    While walking back to the shooting station, a game commission truck pulls in. The officer steps out and says I was shooting from a non designated shooting station.
    The fine is $200 total with fees.
    I want to fight this but it'll be a hassle to take a day off my new job.
    If I plead guilty, will this affect my LTCF or anything?
    I believe this is a summary offense 5 $100-$200 fine.

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    Default Re: Got a fine shooting at SGL range

    On what grounds do you want to fight the charge? Do you think the officer was incorrect? Did you point that out at the time?

    As far as I understand, you have nothing to worry about as far as your LTCF is concerned.

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    Default Re: Got a fine shooting at SGL range

    Im pretty sure it would have to be a misdemeanor (and only certain ones) to have that effect.
    Which range were you at?
    I will have to review the SGL regs to see if it is an offense to have a firearm closer to the target than the shooting station. I have been to multiple ranges and have not had that happen to me.

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    Default Re: Got a fine shooting at SGL range

    What are the grounds for this alleged offense? Where was your brass laying? If I was the only one at the range, I'd be worried about leaving my gun back at the bench whilst I went downrange to check/retrieve my targets. I'd fight the ticket.
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    Default Re: Got a fine shooting at SGL range

    If found guilty, pay them 5.00 a month.
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    Default Re: Got a fine shooting at SGL range

    I was at SGL 159 public shooting range in Wayne county. I believe the officer was incorrect, he claims I was moving up to get closer to the target to shoot. I was simply walking back from changing targets.
    I was at the 25 yard range.

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    Default Re: Got a fine shooting at SGL range

    I guess you're not supposed to even possess your rifle beyond the 'bench.' Did you attempt to explain that you were merely carrying your rifle to the target area and back, like to prevent theft, for safety?

    NO offense intended, but did you act like an a-hole? Like the guy who was crying about having his loaded crossbow on his back seat to drive to his next deer stand and getting lippy with the WCO. (Doesn't sound like it.)

    What is the process of pleading not guilty and does action take place at a PGC location, district court?

    Sounds like a typical case of...

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    Default Re: Got a fine shooting at SGL range

    Quote Originally Posted by Walleye Hunter View Post
    What are the grounds for this alleged offense? Where was your brass laying? If I was the only one at the range, I'd be worried about leaving my gun back at the bench whilst I went downrange to check/retrieve my targets. I'd fight the ticket.
    I'd probably be more worried about leaving it at the bench if there were other people there.

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    Default Re: Got a fine shooting at SGL range

    Quote Originally Posted by esh21167 View Post
    I'd probably be more worried about leaving it at the bench if there were other people there.
    That would depend on how many and how they were acting but neither gives me a warm feeling.
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    Default Re: Got a fine shooting at SGL range

    Quote Originally Posted by esh21167 View Post
    I guess you're not supposed to even possess your rifle beyond the 'bench.' Did you attempt to explain that you were merely carrying your rifle to the target area and back, like to prevent theft, for safety?

    NO offense intended, but did you act like an a-hole? Like the guy who was crying about having his loaded crossbow on his back seat to drive to his next deer stand and getting lippy with the WCO. (Doesn't sound like it.)

    What is the process of pleading not guilty and does action take place at a PGC location, district court?

    Sounds like a typical case of...

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    I tried to explain to him, I was calm the whole time. He sounded like he was in a very bad mood.
    If I plea not guilty, anyone know if I must show up in person to court, or if I can write a statement and send it in, in place of me being there.

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