Skip to comments.Sebastian County officials debate firearms complaint [property owner shooting in unincorp area]
Posted on 02/22/2012 9:09:55 AM PST by FourPeas
The Sebastian County Quorum Court will not act on complaints from county resident Jamie Mitchell regarding the discharge of firearms in an unincorporated area of the county. Mitchell brought the complaint before court members in late 2011, stating that neighbor Charles Parker was discharging .50 caliber weapons within 75 feet of his home.
Responding to a question from court members regarding whether hed approached Parker about the problem, Mitchell claimed that he had, and that Parkers response was, Theres no law against it.
This is not a Second Amendment issue. Im simply stating this is a safety issue. Dont make it more than what it is, Mitchell said, asking the county to act on his behalf and prevent the discharge of firearms within an unsafe distance from an occupied dwelling.
Mitchell continued: I dont want to tell someone what they can do on their property. Im asking for my childs life not to be put in danger. I have the right to expect the county to stand beside me and say that its dangerous.
Court member Shawn Looper agreed that Mitchell has a legitimate complaint but seemed uncomfortable with the idea of the court regulating the use of firearms in unincorporated areas of the county.
My familys welfare depends on you saying its too dangerous to discharge a weapon. If someone wants to give me $5,000, so I can afford a lawyer to take care of this on my own, youll never hear from me again. But if you cant see the danger involved here, then you are blind.
He (Mitchell) needs to litigate the matter. Safety issues dont bow to constitutional issues. For every wrong, the law provides a remedy. Sometimes its criminal. Sometimes its civil, Shue said after the meeting.
(Excerpt) Read more at thecitywire.com ...
I expect to hear this a lot more in the not too distant future.
No details of what precautions the property owner is or is not taking. But it's a "safety issue" and therefore trumps The Constitution.
If it were me I'd get a firearm of comparable caliber and prepare to defend against any attack ~ however so slight or inadvertent.
That would encourage the neighbor to make sure he takes proper precautions.
Good firearms make good neighbors!
It’s only a safety issue if you’re stupid enough to walk in front of him as he discharges the weapon. And it sure isn’t like you aren’t going to hear it when he does discharge the weapon. Perhaps nervous nelly and his family would be better served by assisting the shooter and learning about weapons instead of shouting, “I’ll SUE you!!”
.50 Cal: automatically a terrorist military assault genocide homophobia racist capitolist holocaust sexist weapon.
I don’t know about Missouri, I think that is the state, but here in Ohio it is illegal to discharge a firearm within I think, 500’ of an occupied dwelling.
I wouldn’t be concerned about the safety issue, but the noise would be an issue. If I had such a neighbor, I’d be giving him some rock music in the middle of the night.
Not Rock music the guy might like that . Chinese opera on the other hand sounds like a burlap bag full of alley cats clawing each other while fighting.
Bagpipes, everyone loves the pipes at 3AM
I had a neighbor that liked very loud rock music.
When ever he played it I would happen to mow the feild next to his place with a tractor with out the muffler.
We can to a understanding he lowered the volume I put the muffler back on.
I wonder if there are other issues there with the complaining neighbor
This story is in Arkansas. We used to live in Sebastian County (Fort Smith, specifically) until last summer. Misery—I mean Missouri was our neighbor ;)
I would think it would be a matter of common courtesy, the article said he was discharging it 75’ from his residence. I have firearms and like to discharge same. If my neighbor were to fire them 75’ from my home I would find it more than annoying, to me it wouldn’t be a matter of safety but noise, the “noise” doesn’t bother me when I’m doing it. What we need are suppresors.
Years ago I picked up a tape of Welsh Men’s choirs for just that purpose (went well with the blasting mariachi music from the apartment next door).
I’ve always wondered if you could stretch out a 10’-20’ length of that black water pipe, mebbe drill some 1” holes in it and shoot down the tube. I would think all the “ripples” in the pipe and perhaps the holes would act as a suppressor if not a silencer. If so, that would be the way to go for the 50 cal shooter, allowing that the muzzle blast didn’t send the tube down range even if secured. That and maybe showing said neighbor in what direction he’s shooting might help. If the guy is a complainer, Tough Noogies: “I tried to ameliorate the situation.”
Especially when the drones are not properly tuned!
Sorry, but I was close. :-)