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Don't know if this is the right place for this, but does anyone know where it is legal and illegal to shoot firearms? I watch this guy on youtube named nutnfancy and he has a place in the desert where he goes to shoot so he doesn't have to deal with range safety rules (no drawing from concealed, no rapid fire, etc.) Still don't own a gun yet, but was just curious.
 

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Depends on your state, but usually outside of city limits and at least a certain distance from any building.
 

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Anyplace that it is not illegal.

Most city ordinaces prohibit shooting in city limits, but just about anywhere in the country is OK as long as you arent endagering others. You cant shoot from roads or on someone elses private property unless you have permission.

We got lots of calls concerning shooting firearms. As long as there is a good backstop and nothing downrange we dont worry about it .
 

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You might want to check if there is a law telling you that you have to be a certain distance away from the road.
 

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Depends on your state, but usually outside of city limits and at least a certain distance from any building.
I'm in Florida. How can I tell where the city limits are?
 

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In NYS you can't shoot on/over a road or within 500 feet of a building unless you own it or have permission.
Naturally this does not apply in a city or town.
 

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I've wondered this myself.

Say I'm out driving in the country and see a place that looks safe to shoot. Can I just pull over and start shooting? Most land is owned by someone. Without the owners permission wouldn't I be trespassing?

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So:

Most cities have prohibitions on discharging a firearm within city limits. (self defense or licensed ranges are exceptions). This includes both public and private property.

Many counties prohibit shooting in specific areas that are considered high risk. (like somewhere that is populous). Most very rural areas do not prohibit it. Once again it can be prohibited on private or public land so just because you own a farm, doesn't mean you can shoot on it.

Federal law: You are prohibited from shooting on, across, or near a roadway (must be 200 yards away), near a campsite, and on or across water (unless you are waterfowl hunting with permit). You are also prohibited from endangering persons, property, or animals.

You cannot shoot in national parks.

Specific areas are managed by specific gov't agencies and may have additional rules.

Remember you must also follow hunting regulations, permits, and seasons if you are carrying a loaded firearm in specific places.

The best way to navigate these various rules and laws is to find some experienced shooters in your area and ask them. Also, go to the County Sheriff, Fish and Wildlife, Dept of Interior, Dept of Natural Resources, Forest Service, or whoever issues hunting permits and ask them. They will be able to point you to the correct info.

Always be considerate to people and property and pick up your trash.
 
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