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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-19-2013, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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We had the state police stop by our cabin when we up during the 4th. Unfortunately I had just went to town. He wanted to know what all the shooting was about. My wife said we were target shooting. He wanted to see the backstop and she showed him. Backstop is an 8' dirt pile and he was satisfied. Apparently someone called. Are there any regulations regarding shooting? Safety zones? He didn't say anything but I wondered if the neighbors could shut us down. That would really tick me off if it was the people next door. They are a section 8 crowd that we give all our extra food to. They eat like kings when we are up there. We only shoot about 4 times a year up there. It is not every weekend.
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I would think it would be a zoning/township issue. Some have regs concerning the time of day, and also shooting at random ( Not into a backstop ). I know of no law that would stop you from shooting safely on your own property in daylight hours. If your camp is in close proximity to neighbors who are year round residents, they may get annoyed. You don't mention how big your property is, but say for instance if you have an acre or less, you will probably ruffle some feathers by shooting a lot. The Trooper was just doing his job, someone calls, they haul.

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Police always investigate shooting complaints. And jurisdictions have laws controlling target shooting. Many ranges are away from the public, but close enough to get complaints.

I remember going to a new public range. Someone stopped shocked that his country residence was near a public rifle and pistol range. In the modern era, it's a wonder that many are left.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-19-2013, 10:11 AM
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Not sure where you're at, but PSP does not and will not enforce township/municipal ordinances. If its a general safety issue, yes, they will get involved. We have the same thing going on in Howe Twsp, Forest County. We shoot maybe twice a year. A few months back we had an unwelcome visitor(not law) give us his unsolicited opinion about shooting. So we gave him ours back.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-19-2013, 10:18 AM
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Re: rifle range

I know where I live you must have an acre of a land, can't shoot across roads, and have a sufficient backstop. Basically use common sense. Other than that you are good to go.
Have you talked to them about it? They may have just had a legitimate concern... wondering if you were poaching, or safely shooting?... are they people that thought you were scaring away the deer they are trying to poach?... or are they just anti's?
Personally if it's one of the last two and I was you, I would go up every weekend and shoot just to tick them off... but I don't play well with idjits.

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