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xtremesports1975  [Member]
12/27/2007 9:06:49 AM
I need some ammo for my defense against complaining neighbors. They built houses beside my pasture which is my gun shooting area and now they are constantly complaining about the noise, distance I am from their houses, and my backstop.

1 - Is there any required legal distance from a neighbors house when shooting? He keeps saying I have to be 400 feet away.

2 - What is considered an adequate backstop?

3- Can a casual shooting area (once every month or two) with no permeant formal shooting stuff be considered a gun range and fall under Georgia Gun Range laws? I don't have a bench or target that stays in the field all the time, I bring them when I go shoot.

4 - Also, what's the law about having an AR in the truck and a loaded mag (not in the rifle)? How do they need to be stored?
EOD  [Member]
12/27/2007 11:08:25 AM
O.C.G.A. § 41-1-9
Sport shooting ranges


(a) As used in this Code section, the term:

(1) "Person" means an individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or unincorporated association.

(2) "Sport shooting range" or "range" means an area designated and operated by a person for the sport shooting of firearms and not available for such use by the general public without payment of a fee, membership contribution, or dues or by invitation of an authorized person, or any area so designated and operated by a unit of government, regardless of the terms of admission thereto.

(3) "Unit of government" means any of the departments, agencies, authorities, or political subdivisions of the state, cities, municipal corporations, townships, or villages and any of their respective departments, agencies, or authorities.

(b) No sport shooting range shall be or shall become a nuisance, either public or private, solely as a result of changed conditions in or around the locality of such range if the range has been in operation for one year since the date on which it commenced operation as a sport shooting range. Subsequent physical expansion of the range or expansion of the types of firearms in use at the range shall not establish a new date of commencement of operations for purposes of this Code section.

(c) No sport shooting range or unit of government or person owning, operating, or using a sport shooting range for the sport shooting of firearms shall be subject to any action for civil or criminal liability, damages, abatement, or injunctive relief resulting from or relating to noise generated by the operation of the range if the range remains in compliance with noise control or nuisance abatement rules, regulations, statutes, or ordinances applicable to the range on the date on which it commenced operation.

(d) No rules, regulations, statutes, or ordinances relating to noise control, noise pollution, or noise abatement adopted or enacted by a unit of government shall be applied retroactively to prohibit conduct at a sport shooting range, which conduct was lawful and being engaged in prior to the adoption or enactment of such rules, regulations, statutes, or ordinances.

ikickhippies  [Team Member]
12/27/2007 11:16:18 AM
Until Someone else chimes in who knows what they are talking about I'll go.

1. Not that I know of. So long as you are not shooing AT their house. 50 yards from any road and on your property and not in the city limits is the rule I have always heard.

2. The biggest dirt berm you can make.

3. Unless it is an official range [i.e. club or business] I don't think it can be considered a range.

4. Totally legal. Mag can be in the gun and hot. You do have to abide by the "Plain Sight" law if you do not have a permit. If you have a permit the weapon can be concealed in the vehicle.
EOD  [Member]
12/27/2007 11:18:25 AM
http://www.butlerwooten.com/CM/Articles/nuisance-land%20development.pdf
EOD  [Member]
12/27/2007 11:32:47 AM
Here are some various other laws that pertain to firearms. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 50 yards of a public road, unless in defense of life, health, and property. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 200 yards of a building unless with the owner's written permission or in defense of life, health, and property. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm on some else's land without permission of the landowner. It is unlawful to point a firearm, loaded or not, at another person not necessary in defense of life, health, and property. It is unlawful to discharge a firearm in the direction of another person not necessary in defense of life, health, and property. It is unlawful to shoot a firearm on Sunday; this does not apply to anyone; that is engaged in legal target practice at an approved range or on one's own land, in defense of life, health, and property, any person who is engaged in lawful hunting, any law enforcement officer in performance of official duties. (16-11-102 - 16-11-106)


A person is guilty of a misdemeanor when, without legal justification, he discharges a gun or pistol on or within 50 yards of a public highway or street.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge a firearm on the property of another person, firm, or corporation without having first obtained permission from the owner or lessee of the property. This Code section shall not apply to:

(1) Persons who fire or discharge a firearm in defense of person or property; and

(2) Law enforcement officers.

(b) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this Code section is guilty of a misdemeanor.


http://law.onecle.com/georgia/16/index.html
xtremesports1975  [Member]
12/27/2007 12:04:44 PM

Originally Posted By EOD:
It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 200 yards of a building unless with the owner's written permission or in defense of life, health, and property. It is unlawful to shoot a firearm on Sunday; this does not apply to anyone; that is engaged in legal target practice at an approved range or on one's own land, in defense of life, health, and property, any person who is engaged in lawful hunting, any law enforcement officer in performance of official duties. (16-11-102 - 16-11-106)



Are these local ordinances or what? I cannot find them in Georgia Code.
VarmintKilla  [Team Member]
12/27/2007 12:05:07 PM
ETA: Forget it. My question would be a hijack
jmarkma  [Member]
12/27/2007 12:53:38 PM
Group shoot?

Sorry you are still having problems I know you brought this up a while back.
birdbarian  [Member]
12/27/2007 1:10:50 PM
Perhaps you could invite the guy to come shoot with you. He might have no clue about guns, and just thinks they are icky. Once he goes shooting with you once or twice, he might get infected w/ BRD. Then you'll be complaining about your neighbors shooting range.

A couple of my liberal leaning friends at work have come shooting w/ me. One is now a gun owner and now has his GFL. The other one is shopping for a pistol trying to decide what he wants.

EOD  [Member]
12/27/2007 2:27:41 PM

Originally Posted By xtremesports1975:

Originally Posted By EOD:
It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 200 yards of a building unless with the owner's written permission or in defense of life, health, and property. It is unlawful to shoot a firearm on Sunday; this does not apply to anyone; that is engaged in legal target practice at an approved range or on one's own land, in defense of life, health, and property, any person who is engaged in lawful hunting, any law enforcement officer in performance of official duties. (16-11-102 - 16-11-106)



Are these local ordinances or what? I cannot find them in Georgia Code.


Those are GA Codes. Follow the link and it lists them all. Start at 16-11-101.
gajeep94yj  [Member]
12/27/2007 2:54:27 PM

Originally Posted By jmarkma:
Group shoot?

Sorry you are still having problems I know you brought this up a while back.


+1

Who are they complaing to? the cops? or just to you?
Reaganstein  [Member]
12/27/2007 4:47:51 PM

Totally legal. Mag can be in the gun and hot. You do have to abide by the "Plain Sight" law if you do not have a permit. If you have a permit the weapon can be concealed in the vehicle.



WRONG!!!! Check the hunting laws...comes under them. Can't have a "hot" long gun in the vehicle, and that includes having a loaded mag in the long gun, even when a round is not chambered.
VarmintKilla  [Team Member]
12/27/2007 5:05:16 PM

Originally Posted By Reaganstein:

Totally legal. Mag can be in the gun and hot. You do have to abide by the "Plain Sight" law if you do not have a permit. If you have a permit the weapon can be concealed in the vehicle.



WRONG!!!! Check the hunting laws...comes under them. Can't have a "hot" long gun in the vehicle, and that includes having a loaded mag in the long gun, even when a round is not chambered.


Glad you brought that up as the piece of the GA Code I was looking at is a bit confusing.


16-11-126 (d)

(d) This Code section shall not forbid the transportation of any firearm by a person who is not among those enumerated as ineligible for a license under Code Section 16-11-129, provided the firearm is enclosed in a case, unloaded, and separated from its ammunition. This Code section shall not forbid any person who is not among those enumerated as ineligible for a license under Code Section 16-11-129 from transporting a loaded firearm in any private passenger motor vehicle in an open manner and fully exposed to view or in the glove compartment, console, or similar compartment of the vehicle; provided, however, that any person in possession of a valid permit issued pursuant to Code Section 16-11-129 may carry a handgun in any location in a motor vehicle.


Ok, so it starts of saying it is legal to transport any firearm as long as it is unloaded, separated from ammo, etc. Then it says you can have it loaded as long as it is in plain view, but does it apply to a concealable weapon or does it also include long arms? The final part pertains to GFL holders and specifically refers to handguns only.

So, what is the correct interpretation regarding the plain sight part of this? Sounds like you can have a loaded firearm in the car in plain view.

They need to change this so it refers clearly to handguns, rifles, or any firearm instead of switching between terms all the time.
Reaganstein  [Member]
12/27/2007 5:57:34 PM

Originally Posted By VarmintKilla:

Originally Posted By Reaganstein:

Totally legal. Mag can be in the gun and hot. You do have to abide by the "Plain Sight" law if you do not have a permit. If you have a permit the weapon can be concealed in the vehicle.



WRONG!!!! Check the hunting laws...comes under them. Can't have a "hot" long gun in the vehicle, and that includes having a loaded mag in the long gun, even when a round is not chambered.


Glad you brought that up as the piece of the GA Code I was looking at is a bit confusing.


16-11-126 (d)

(d) This Code section shall not forbid the transportation of any firearm by a person who is not among those enumerated as ineligible for a license under Code Section 16-11-129, provided the firearm is enclosed in a case, unloaded, and separated from its ammunition. This Code section shall not forbid any person who is not among those enumerated as ineligible for a license under Code Section 16-11-129 from transporting a loaded firearm in any private passenger motor vehicle in an open manner and fully exposed to view or in the glove compartment, console, or similar compartment of the vehicle; provided, however, that any person in possession of a valid permit issued pursuant to Code Section 16-11-129 may carry a handgun in any location in a motor vehicle.


Ok, so it starts of saying it is legal to transport any firearm as long as it is unloaded, separated from ammo, etc. Then it says you can have it loaded as long as it is in plain view, but does it apply to a concealable weapon or does it also include long arms? The final part pertains to GFL holders and specifically refers to handguns only.

So, what is the correct interpretation regarding the plain sight part of this? Sounds like you can have a loaded firearm in the car in plain view.

They need to change this so it refers clearly to handguns, rifles, or any firearm instead of switching between terms all the time.


Suggest you take my previous advice and read the proper code!
VarmintKilla  [Team Member]
12/27/2007 6:14:19 PM

Suggest you take my previous advice and read the proper code!



OK, the only one I was aware of dealing with keeping a rifle unloaded is § 27-3-1.1 which deals with WMAs only. I already knew about this one so where is the law regarding how a rifle must be carried when you are on non-hunting land? I don't see how a law written for a WMA pertains to the rest of the state. Do you have the particular code that you can cite?


It shall be unlawful for any person on any wildlife management area owned or operated by the department:

(1) To possess a firearm during a closed hunting season for that area unless such firearm is unloaded and stored in a motor vehicle so as not to be readily accessible;

(2) To possess a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle during a legal open hunting season for that area;


(3) To be under the influence of drugs, intoxicating liquors, beers, or wines. The determination of whether any person is under the influence of drugs or intoxicating liquors, beers, or wines may be made in accordance with Code Section 27-3-7;

(4) To hunt within 50 yards of any road which receives regular maintenance for the purpose of public vehicular access;


ETA: I would think anything in contradiction with the first piece of code I cited (16-11-126) would be invalidated. I'm not a lawyer, so I don't know.
Haterade  [Team Member]
12/27/2007 6:22:42 PM

Originally Posted By EOD:
person to fire or discharge a firearm on the property of another person, firm, or corporation without having first obtained permission from the owner or lessee of the property. This Code section shall not apply to:

(1) Persons who fire or discharge a firearm in defense of person or property; and

(2) Law enforcement officers.

(b) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this Code section is guilty of a misdemeanor.


http://law.onecle.com/georgia/16/index.html


So, cops can discharge their firearms wherever they want... even if not in the defense of person or property... say.. just for the hell of it?
ikickhippies  [Team Member]
12/27/2007 6:25:58 PM

Originally Posted By Reaganstein:

Totally legal. Mag can be in the gun and hot. You do have to abide by the "Plain Sight" law if you do not have a permit. If you have a permit the weapon can be concealed in the vehicle.



WRONG!!!! Check the hunting laws...comes under them. Can't have a "hot" long gun in the vehicle, and that includes having a loaded mag in the long gun, even when a round is not chambered.


Only on a WMA. Notice the 20 pt font above those regs that state General WMA Hunting Regulations?
The proper Code section that we are referring to does not differentiate between a long gun and a handgun so long as you are not on a WMA. It merely states"firearm".

good try though.
ikickhippies  [Team Member]
12/27/2007 6:27:18 PM

Originally Posted By Haterade:

Originally Posted By EOD:
person to fire or discharge a firearm on the property of another person, firm, or corporation without having first obtained permission from the owner or lessee of the property. This Code section shall not apply to:

(1) Persons who fire or discharge a firearm in defense of person or property; and

(2) Law enforcement officers.

(b) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this Code section is guilty of a misdemeanor.


http://law.onecle.com/georgia/16/index.html


So, cops can discharge their firearms wherever they want... even if not in the defense of person or property... say.. just for the hell of it?


Most offices make them account for every round. Depending on what department you work for firing off a round for the hell of it could get you into some deep shit.
dnr212  [Member]
12/27/2007 6:29:21 PM

Originally Posted By EOD:

Originally Posted By xtremesports1975:

Originally Posted By EOD:
It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 200 yards of a building unless with the owner's written permission or in defense of life, health, and property. It is unlawful to shoot a firearm on Sunday; this does not apply to anyone; that is engaged in legal target practice at an approved range or on one's own land, in defense of life, health, and property, any person who is engaged in lawful hunting, any law enforcement officer in performance of official duties. (16-11-102 - 16-11-106)



Are these local ordinances or what? I cannot find them in Georgia Code.


Those are GA Codes. Follow the link and it lists them all. Start at 16-11-101.



The discharge of firearms on Sunday was repealed in 2005 session. I do not see any where in the OCGA a reference to the 200 yard rule quoted above.

VarmintKilla  [Team Member]
12/27/2007 6:30:31 PM

Originally Posted By ikickhippies:

Originally Posted By Reaganstein:

Totally legal. Mag can be in the gun and hot. You do have to abide by the "Plain Sight" law if you do not have a permit. If you have a permit the weapon can be concealed in the vehicle.



WRONG!!!! Check the hunting laws...comes under them. Can't have a "hot" long gun in the vehicle, and that includes having a loaded mag in the long gun, even when a round is not chambered.


Only on a WMA. Notice the 20 pt font above those regs that state General WMA Hunting Regulations?
The proper Code section that we are referring to does not differentiate between a long gun and a handgun so long as you are not on a WMA. It merely states"firearm".

good try though.


That's what I thought too. Just conceptually, applying a HUNTING law to everywhere else makes no sense.
ByteTheBullet  [Team Member]
12/27/2007 7:32:31 PM
To get this back on track...I say you start using Tannerite as part of your 'training'.


ByteTheBullet (-:
EOD  [Member]
12/27/2007 7:45:36 PM

Originally Posted By dnr212:

Originally Posted By EOD:

Originally Posted By xtremesports1975:

Originally Posted By EOD:
It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 200 yards of a building unless with the owner's written permission or in defense of life, health, and property. It is unlawful to shoot a firearm on Sunday; this does not apply to anyone; that is engaged in legal target practice at an approved range or on one's own land, in defense of life, health, and property, any person who is engaged in lawful hunting, any law enforcement officer in performance of official duties. (16-11-102 - 16-11-106)



Are these local ordinances or what? I cannot find them in Georgia Code.


Those are GA Codes. Follow the link and it lists them all. Start at 16-11-101.



The discharge of firearms on Sunday was repealed in 2005 session. I do not see any where in the OCGA a reference to the 200 yard rule quoted above.



16-11-103.
A person is guilty of a misdemeanor when, without legal justification, he discharges a gun or pistol on or within 50 yards of a public highway or street.

16-11-104.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge a firearm on the property of another person, firm, or corporation without having first obtained permission from the owner or lessee of the property. This Code section shall not apply to:
(1) Persons who fire or discharge a firearm in defense of person or property; and
(2) Law enforcement officers.
(b) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this Code section is guilty of a misdemeanor.


The original quote was obviuosly from an older article. The link to the codes is good and there appears to no longer be a reference to the 200 yard rule.
engineer2001  [Member]
12/27/2007 11:03:53 PM

Originally Posted By EOD:
The original quote was obviuosly from an older article. The link to the codes is good and there appears to no longer be a reference to the 200 yard rule.


So, in summary, it seems he can shoot anywhere on his land he wants so long as he is more than 50 yards from the road? Sounds like he needs to tell the neighbors to piss off and inspect their land better next time before building there.
xtremesports1975  [Member]
12/28/2007 8:29:47 AM
Neighbor has already called the cops twice. The first time he reported a guy shooting that was shooting dangerously and who might shoot a cow or somebody. The second time the report was someone suspicious in military type uniform was shooting a "machine gun" fully auto. The first time I showed the officer the berm and he agreed I was shooting safely. The second I got a young officer who didn't seem like he knew much about country living and gave me the third degree and warned my camo uniform and assault rifle might be considered "harrassing neigbors".

The latest round of neigborly love was them yelling at me because I am making too much noise and they couldn't let their kid out because of my shooting. His wife then started up with that I have to be at least 400 feet away from their house again. In my defense I told them I had shot there for several years and they bought the house knowing I had a no trespassing sign that had "Warning, Private Gun Range" below it.

This is only the first new residents of a 26 home subdivision. I wonder how bad it will get when I have 25 more city folks in my back yard?
jmarkma  [Member]
12/28/2007 8:53:07 AM
Sounds like you need to get some tannerite. That is sure to rattle their windows.
ikickhippies  [Team Member]
12/28/2007 8:54:29 AM
My final advice would be to print out the code sections mentioned here- but print them out from Lexis Nexus so they look more official. Or get an official copy of OCGA [it looks like a book and you can probably get it at Barnes and Nobel.] Keep it in your vehicle or range bag with these code sections highlighted and tabbed.

The next time an officer shows up just provide them with the code sections- it's obvious that they don't know them. The next time you get hassled by one of their officers politely get his badge # then issue a complaint to the sheriff.

Bottom Line it's your land. Shoot as much as you want. Get some buddies to come over and shoot. Next time the neighbors call the cops make sure that call the cops afterward and issue a complaint of harassment against them and ask to take out a warrant. They won't give you one but at least do something to get it on record. If the cops see enough bullshit come from your neighbors they'll quit coming out. most importantly - ALWAYS APPEAR MORE REASONABLE THAN YOUR NEIGHBORS.

You shouldn't be having to deal with their bullshit just because they are a bunch of bleeding hearts.
ForestBeast  [Member]
12/28/2007 10:43:02 AM
Maybe you should print the laws out and give your neighbors a copy, including the shooting range protection act.

I'd say try being firm but nice. "I have been shooting here for x years before you moved in, its clearly legal, I'm being safe. If you have a special situation of some kind, like your kid's having a birthday party or something, if you'll let me know in advance I can refrain from shooting at that time."

It might not help, but what the heck...if you let them know you're willing to be considerate, but are not going to stop, maybe they'll lighten up.

edit to add: it might be fun, but I'd skip the tannerite
pk  [Member]
12/29/2007 1:20:30 AM
Hi,
First if I'm repeating anything stated previously, I apologize.

Assuming you live within a county and not city limits, have you gone to your Sheriff Dept and asked them? I live in Coweta Co. and did this when I first moved to GA. They were very helpful, explained the ordinances and even printed them out for me. Hopefully, your County LE will be as helpful.
As I was told by them, they are obligated to come out and investigate every time the NFH (neighbors from hell) call, but as long as I'm in compliance with all applicable ordinances, I can shoot. They also made it very clear that they would rather I live in some sort of harmony with my NFH, but the law is the law. I can't see where it would be much different for you.

I don't know if this is state or county level, but here's the info that I have.

It's unlawful to discharge any firearm:
A. within 100 yards of the nearest occupied dwelling, without permission the owner.
B. within 50 yards from the property line without permission of the owner.
C. across property lines without permission of the owner.
Defense of life / property does not apply.
Noise/nuisance ordinances also apply, so no shooting after 10pm, etc.

I hope it all works out in your favor..

VarmintKilla  [Team Member]
12/29/2007 12:31:29 PM

Originally Posted By pk:
Hi,
First if I'm repeating anything stated previously, I apologize.

Assuming you live within a county and not city limits, have you gone to your Sheriff Dept and asked them? I live in Coweta Co. and did this when I first moved to GA. They were very helpful, explained the ordinances and even printed them out for me. Hopefully, your County LE will be as helpful.
As I was told by them, they are obligated to come out and investigate every time the NFH (neighbors from hell) call, but as long as I'm in compliance with all applicable ordinances, I can shoot. They also made it very clear that they would rather I live in some sort of harmony with my NFH, but the law is the law. I can't see where it would be much different for you.

I don't know if this is state or county level, but here's the info that I have.

It's unlawful to discharge any firearm:
A. within 100 yards of the nearest occupied dwelling, without permission the owner.
B. within 50 yards from the property line without permission of the owner.
C. across property lines without permission of the owner.
Defense of life / property does not apply.
Noise/nuisance ordinances also apply, so no shooting after 10pm, etc.

I hope it all works out in your favor..



Can you please tell us where you found A thru C please? Only one I've ever heard is no discharge of a firearm within 50 yards of a public highway or street. Never seen anything to do with being too close to dwellings, etc. 16-11-104 deals with discharging a weapon ON somebody elses property. Are these rules to do with ranges or something?
762bodydropper  [Team Member]
12/29/2007 3:05:31 PM
I would print out the regulations stated earlier in this post, Then Get another no trespassing/private range sign and post all 3 items right on the property line, closest to their house, and where the cops may park to walk to you so they can see it as soon as they get out of thier car. Hell, with enough luck, the cops may get out of thier car read the sign, and leave without even bothering your shooting.

Hell, I wonder what the neighbors would think, if they called the cops, and the cops partook in some range time with you.

I would atleast invite the cool ones back to shoot with me sometime.


ETA, next time they tell you you are being unsafe, point the gun at them and say, "No, this is unsafe"
votefromrooftops  [Member]
12/29/2007 4:58:43 PM
my brother in law is running into the same problem in butts county(jackson) my wifes family has 77 acres out on hwy 36, he shoots and hunts,and there have been several subdivisions built right next to there property with complaining city folks the sherriffs dept.has told all complainers so far to piss up a rope that property has been in my wifes family since before WW2. they still get complaints as more people move there "trying to escape the city" i hope all works out for you
Suppo  [Member]
12/29/2007 5:39:53 PM

Originally Posted By votefromrooftops:
....... they still get complaints as more people move there "trying to escape the city" i hope all works out for you


In reality, they are just bringing the city with them.
ForestBeast  [Member]
12/29/2007 6:16:51 PM
Absolutely, I don't understand the mentality.

I'm in Habersham and we have a bunch of Atlanta folks moving up. They want all the gravel roads paved, want streetlights, don't want to be near cows or chickens. How stupid is that? Move to the country to get away from the city life, then try to turn the countryside into what it looked like in the city. I hate to call anybody stupid, but I can't think of a better description right now.
footrat  [Member]
12/31/2007 8:56:10 AM
Shit, my wife and I are trying to buy a house that's one of 6 built on a stretch of road off the main road in Newton County. Behind, beside, and across the road from that house are all basically farmland. My wife is actually excited BECAUSE she hears a rooster crowing from one of those farms, and that there are goats around the corner. If I heard someone shooting all the time, I'd make friends with the guy and use his range.
pk  [Member]
12/31/2007 12:20:04 PM

Originally Posted By VarmintKilla:

Originally Posted By pk:
Hi,
First if I'm repeating anything stated previously, I apologize.

Assuming you live within a county and not city limits, have you gone to your Sheriff Dept and asked them? I live in Coweta Co. and did this when I first moved to GA. They were very helpful, explained the ordinances and even printed them out for me. Hopefully, your County LE will be as helpful.
As I was told by them, they are obligated to come out and investigate every time the NFH (neighbors from hell) call, but as long as I'm in compliance with all applicable ordinances, I can shoot. They also made it very clear that they would rather I live in some sort of harmony with my NFH, but the law is the law. I can't see where it would be much different for you.

I don't know if this is state or county level, but here's the info that I have.

It's unlawful to discharge any firearm:
A. within 100 yards of the nearest occupied dwelling, without permission the owner.
B. within 50 yards from the property line without permission of the owner.
C. across property lines without permission of the owner.
Defense of life / property does not apply.
Noise/nuisance ordinances also apply, so no shooting after 10pm, etc.

I hope it all works out in your favor..



Can you please tell us where you found A thru C please? Only one I've ever heard is no discharge of a firearm within 50 yards of a public highway or street. Never seen anything to do with being too close to dwellings, etc. 16-11-104 deals with discharging a weapon ON somebody elses property. Are these rules to do with ranges or something?



My local Sheriff's office printed it and gave it to me. I took a pic of the paper and posted it
click here.

I trimmed the blank part of the paper down a bit due to file size, but all of the info is there.
I hope this helps. Happy New Year!!
engineer2001  [Member]
12/31/2007 2:57:05 PM
My brother in Newnan has a friend that he shoots with all the time on the friend's land. They have had their neighbors call multiple times for the same things - noisy, camo, "full-auto fire" when they only have semi-autos, etc.. They talk to the cops who come out, the cops apologize and say they are required to come, and they leave - same thing over and over. Some people mistakenly think they have the right to total silence on their land. How close are you, that they can't let their child outside when you shoot? Are you really that close where ricochets are possible, or are they just getting their panties in a wad?

Heck, I'd prefer good smells from the neighbors' lands than no sounds. In Dalton/Chatsworth where my parents live, we regularly can't go outside because the chicken crap the farmers around them put on their fields smells too bad. I wish they all had shooting ranges instead. Of course, they wish we had chicken crap, because I DO shoot in the pasture. The worst we've gotten is a comment from a guy at the local hardware store that my father-in-law had a crazy man shooting on his land, and a neighbor (who was trespassing, and I had no idea he was there) thought the crazy man was shooting at him. To get to the place where I was shooting, he would have had to hike through 3 acres of our pasture and the woods. So, no matter how far you are from them, they think you shouldn't be shooting. Good thing they don't get to decide what you do on your land.
Malum-Prohibitum  [Member]
12/31/2007 3:58:41 PM

Originally Posted By VarmintKilla:

Originally Posted By pk:
Hi,
First if I'm repeating anything stated previously, I apologize.

Assuming you live within a county and not city limits, have you gone to your Sheriff Dept and asked them? I live in Coweta Co. and did this when I first moved to GA. They were very helpful, explained the ordinances and even printed them out for me. Hopefully, your County LE will be as helpful.
As I was told by them, they are obligated to come out and investigate every time the NFH (neighbors from hell) call, but as long as I'm in compliance with all applicable ordinances, I can shoot. They also made it very clear that they would rather I live in some sort of harmony with my NFH, but the law is the law. I can't see where it would be much different for you.

I don't know if this is state or county level, but here's the info that I have.

It's unlawful to discharge any firearm:
A. within 100 yards of the nearest occupied dwelling, without permission the owner.
B. within 50 yards from the property line without permission of the owner.
C. across property lines without permission of the owner.
Defense of life / property does not apply.
Noise/nuisance ordinances also apply, so no shooting after 10pm, etc.

I hope it all works out in your favor..



Can you please tell us where you found A thru C please? Only one I've ever heard is no discharge of a firearm within 50 yards of a public highway or street. Never seen anything to do with being too close to dwellings, etc. 16-11-104 deals with discharging a weapon ON somebody elses property. Are these rules to do with ranges or something?


He is posting Coweta County ordinances. You must check your local ordinances, not just state law.

In most counties, if you do not have 40 acres or more, and people building 50 feet from your property line on their little 1.6 acre lots around you, you can forget any shooting.
VarmintKilla  [Team Member]
12/31/2007 4:04:38 PM

Originally Posted By Malum-Prohibitum:




Can you please tell us where you found A thru C please? Only one I've ever heard is no discharge of a firearm within 50 yards of a public highway or street. Never seen anything to do with being too close to dwellings, etc. 16-11-104 deals with discharging a weapon ON somebody elses property. Are these rules to do with ranges or something?


He is posting Coweta County ordinances. You must check your local ordinances, not just state law.

In most counties, if you do not have 40 acres or more, and people building 50 feet from your property line on their little 1.6 acre lots around you, you can forget any shooting.


I had figured that much out as I had never seen anything like that in the GA Code and the numbers appeared to be local ordinances from the picture. I'm not worried where I live as just about everybody here shoots guns on their property. I have 5 acres and have never had issues with my neighbours. I was just curious to see where they came from as the inference was that they were a state law and I had never seen them.
EOD  [Member]
12/31/2007 5:10:39 PM

Originally Posted By Malum-Prohibitum:

Originally Posted By VarmintKilla:

Originally Posted By pk:
Hi,
First if I'm repeating anything stated previously, I apologize.

Assuming you live within a county and not city limits, have you gone to your Sheriff Dept and asked them? I live in Coweta Co. and did this when I first moved to GA. They were very helpful, explained the ordinances and even printed them out for me. Hopefully, your County LE will be as helpful.
As I was told by them, they are obligated to come out and investigate every time the NFH (neighbors from hell) call, but as long as I'm in compliance with all applicable ordinances, I can shoot. They also made it very clear that they would rather I live in some sort of harmony with my NFH, but the law is the law. I can't see where it would be much different for you.

I don't know if this is state or county level, but here's the info that I have.

It's unlawful to discharge any firearm:
A. within 100 yards of the nearest occupied dwelling, without permission the owner.
B. within 50 yards from the property line without permission of the owner.
C. across property lines without permission of the owner.
Defense of life / property does not apply.
Noise/nuisance ordinances also apply, so no shooting after 10pm, etc.

I hope it all works out in your favor..



Can you please tell us where you found A thru C please? Only one I've ever heard is no discharge of a firearm within 50 yards of a public highway or street. Never seen anything to do with being too close to dwellings, etc. 16-11-104 deals with discharging a weapon ON somebody elses property. Are these rules to do with ranges or something?


He is posting Coweta County ordinances. You must check your local ordinances, not just state law.

In most counties, if you do not have 40 acres or more, and people building 50 feet from your property line on their little 1.6 acre lots around you, you can forget any shooting.


Wouldn't that be against the State premption law?
Malum-Prohibitum  [Member]
1/2/2008 12:50:52 PM
No, the preemption law has an exception for reasonable regulations limiting or prohibiting the discharge of firearms.
Malum-Prohibitum  [Member]
1/2/2008 12:52:10 PM

Originally Posted By VarmintKilla:
I'm not worried where I live as just about everybody here shoots guns on their property. I have 5 acres and have never had issues with my neighbours.


I have 7, and I shot here for a decade. Then developers decided my pretty woods would be a good backdrop for houses and cleared all the way to my property line, putting their houses a mere 50 feet from my line.