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Shooting in garden

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Bot5, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. Bot5

    Bot5 Newbie

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    Hi all my first post on here :)
    After 5 years i'v got my air gun back out of the cupboard brushed
    the dust off it and started plinking in the back garden.

    My question is it legal to shoot in the back garden as I'm worried
    the neighbours may call the police:eek:


    Thanks Michael
     
  2. Rockabilly

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    yes its totally legal to shoot in your back garden as long as you use a backstop and none of your pellets leave the confines of your garden, plus best use a silencer to keep the noise down.
     
  3. MOO

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    We shoot in my garden all the time. Steves gun so quiet neighbours don't even know we are :up:
     
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    Can you shoot in your garden is you live in a council house?
     
  5. Rockabilly

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    of course you can>
     
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    Thanks for the info :)
     
  8. Andy

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    It is also against the law, in England and Wales, to fire an air rifle within 50 feet of the centre of a highway if this results in someone being injured, interrupted or endangered. These offences could be committed, for example, when someone is shooting in their garden close to a road and the pellets ricochet onto the highway.

    So just make sure your pellets have no chance of leaving your garden.
     
  9. Buzz

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    It's not a cut and dried certainty that you can shoot in your garden. The laws on this aren't as easy to interpret as you may think.
    The law does state that you can shoot on your own land as long as you take all precautions to stop pellets straying outside your boundary, but it also states that you are not allowed to discharge a firearm (and air guns are deemed to be firearms) within 50 feet of the centreline of a highway, if by doing so a member of the public is either endangered or interupted. For the purpose of this law the term "highway" doesn't just mean a road. For the purposes of this law it means any right of way legally used by a member of the public, be it by vehicle, or on foot.
    So, if there is even a path,, which can be legally used by members of the public, whos centreline is within 50 feet of your shooting position and someone on that path is in fear of being shot, you are breaking the law whether pellets leave your land or not.
    Shooting in your garden is a matter of common sense mainly. Try not to be seen shooting..try not to be heard shooting and above all NEVER allow pellets to stray out of your garden. What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over. But if you're in any doubt, ask your local firearms officer for advice.

    We must have been typing that together Andy and I was delayed checking my wording with BASC !!! (I didn't just cut and paste like you did LOL)
     
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  10. a1gunner

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    as long as you have a backstop no one can stop you
     
  11. Buzz

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    Please don't accept this as true, because it isn't...a backstop isn't the be all and end all of whether shooting is legal.

    Technically speaking, people who rent or own property, but don't own the land on which the property is built, should have written permission of the land owner prior to shooting. So council house tenants should get council permission and leasehold property owners shoud get the permission of the land owner. Nobody ever does and I don't recommend asking the council as they will certainly deny you the right to shoot, but the statement "nobody can stop you" is dangerously false.
     
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    Oh dear, i didn't think anyone would notice. :D
     
  13. Buzz

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    At least we both know now that each of us checks our facts before posting Andy.
     
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    Even if you have a footpath running near your garden and the noise of the gun or pellets hitting the target make such a noise as to frighten passers by, you could be told by the authorities to stop shooting.
     
  15. a1gunner

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    i guess its no problem with me. live in the midle of no where
     
  16. Andy

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    Yeh i just thought it would be easier to paste it rather than re word it, cos 'im lazy.
    :google2ut:
     
  17. Buzz

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    Then I'm very pleased for you and I might even say a little jealous, but it's not an excuse for giving others dangerous advice.
     
  18. andyhawkx3

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    Also, when it is said no chance of leaving the property, the means you must not fire, i.e. into trees, roofs, or anything higher than your boundary's.
     
  19. simply james

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    ive had a range in my back garden for a lot of years,as long as your pellets dont stray and you have a good back stop your ok.
     
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    sorry boss:yield:
     

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