Skip to comments.Homemade gun range on owner’s residential yard is legal, according to Florida statute
Posted on 02/04/2014 5:12:24 AM PST by Joe Brower
Homemade gun range on owners residential yard is legal, according to Florida statute
By Charlene Sakoda
January 27, 2014 6:00 PM
The gun control debate is always a hotly contested one pitting the sides against each other. So, its attention grabbing when a state law giving gun owners more freedom causes Second Amendment advocates to demand more regulations. The Miami Herald recently spoke to Doug Varrieur, a gun owner and homeowner in Big Pine Key, Florida. For the past month, Varrieur has exercised his Florida state right to shoot guns on his residential property every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. in his homemade gun range.
Neighbors were concerned for the safety of citizens and pets, but were surprised when they found out that Florida statute 790.15 makes discharging a firearm on a residential property legal. Its a law that not only surprised Varrieurs neighbors, but also Varrieur himself.
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Yes, some areas are too crowded to be practical or safe, but I guess it's too much to ask to trust our fellow citizens to know for themselves where the limits must be drawn -- no, gotta have a politician or a cop involved.
Let the bedwetters whine.
Just don’t let them try and change the law.
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Jim and the Admins keep this link updated.
The dream of every shooter, their own personal range....
Smart CCW holders know that its not the target, but whats beyond the target that limits what’s safe.
Almost no responsible gun owner will try this at home without acreage. I got 20 acres with a berm or two so yes, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of safe places in Florida to shoot on private property. And we don’t need no govt oversight, especially individual counties.
Be that as Florida-legal as it might be, I’m not awfully impressed by his backstop. When I go to the range, I often notice that there are a bunch of little bullet craters in the ceiling. People do manage to hit stuff that they’re not aiming at. I wonder if his homeowners insurance company knows what he’s doing.
Thanks for the link. I looked for this and could not find it. Perhaps putting it on the home page might be a good idea.
I trap ‘em. $37 for a two trap deal at TCS. They’re a real menace with their nut shells and branches they break constantly hitting my roof. I also have a deer feeder in the front yard they plunder. I probably have the fattest squirrels in the county.
My understanding of this is all that’s needed is a back stop, like a pile of dirt, to convince the responding officers that it’s not a threat to neighhbors. I.e., some way of showing the round stops within the property. Other than that there’s the potential for a noise complaint so reasonable hours need to be observed.
I live in a VERY gun-friendly area, and this is handled at the local level. Some localities allow shooting, with sensible rules - like no shooting in the direction of roads and houses, ect. Outside of cities/towns, you can shoot as much as you like. Where I live, on some days it literally sounds like a war zone. Our nearest neighbor is over a mile away, so we shoot in our backyard as much as we like. We don’t shoot often though, because I don’t like using the ammo. Some calibers we’re a bit more free with than others. I’ll shoot 5.56 and 9mm quite a bit. I’ve stopped shooting any .22 completely. Have several thousand rounds of it, but until I see it as being easily replaced, I won’t be shooting it. Funny how we used to shoot .22 rather freely to avoid using more expensive ammo. Now .22 is ‘unobtainium’(compared to how it used to be).
Our property is several acres of fairly flat yard and woods. There was a good sized sand/dirt pile on the tree line in the back yard, and we thought it was so cool that the house we were buying came with a ready made good backstop.
I’ve added it to my link page on FR.
At times when I’ve lost that due to poor editing, I seach for Admin Moderator. It is always there on their home page, along with other useful stuff.
An open-air range per se might not be a good idea in many suburbs, but a place to test fire weapons would be.
Here’s an idea that works. Take a stout cardboard box about a foot cubed. Line the inside with rubber carpet pad material, adding up to at least an inch. Glue in square sheets of this rubber so they overlap in the corners, you’ll figure it out, it doesn’t take a master craftsman.
Cut an “X” in the top about 6” x 6”. The cuts obviously go through each sheet of rubber as well as the cardboard.
Put the box on the ground, stick the muzzle into the X and fire away. Your neighbors will never hear a thing, and the ground makes a fine bullet trap.
They love getting under the eaves and cutting through the screening into the attic. When I figure out their schedule, I just await their usual departure time and pop em with my 22 HandR 999 Sportsman. The 22 is undefeated in one shot kills.
Not too noisy and so far the neighbors just think it is me with my firecrackers!
Everybody in my neighborhood had their own personal gun range.
The roads are bad, it’s a long ways to the store and the county won’t get around to clearing our road for a week but it’s worth it.
That dream a reality for 20 years.....15 acres in heavy forest, my front yard is my range. Live out in the country where all my neighbors know, “if you hear shooting, grab your gun and come join us. If you don’t have one, we’ll let you use one of ours....”
A number of friends: “Hey, can we come shoot at your place today?” “Sure! Just be safe!”
I wonder how his insurance company feels about insuring a gun range?
Yes we want to be able to shoot our guns, but we also have to use common sense regarding where it’s safe, or a good idea, to fire them.
BB gun or air rifle will do the trick. Less noise and same effect.