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Old 02-10-2009, 07:42 PM
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I have a neighbor that is giving my brother and I some problems threatening to call the police on us for shooting a pellet gun. we have about 3-4 acres that we shoot on. he is an old man that has to have something to complain about.
my question is this, where can I find the laws on shooting pellet guns. I have looked on georgiacarry.org, but I dont see where is says about what is considered a "firearm" I know its not but this guy is arguing that it is. I would like to know where I can find the laws and take them to him. we are not in city limits.

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Old 02-10-2009, 07:50 PM
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Call and ask for an officer that would come to such a call and get his input on this.
Can't think of a better place to get info, than from the person writing the ticket.
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:50 PM
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As best I know, a pellet gun is not considered a firearm and therefore " discharging a firearm is not an issue". Even if it was the law says that a firearm cannot be fired within 50 yds of a dwelling. However if you are inside the city limits it may be different. That's my 2 cent brother.
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If you're not inside city limits I didn't think it mattered? Just as long as you're not too close to a road...at least thats what I thought.

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Old 02-10-2009, 07:54 PM
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I would think that all that info would be found in the safety manual that came with the gun. I think it states on the box you must be 16 to have one, I could be wrong. Now if you are shooting his dog, cat, ghords, or whatever then that's a different story.
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:55 PM
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no just squirrels and targets around the house, and nothing pointed in the direction of any houses.
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no just squirels and targets around the house, and nothing pointed in the direction of any houses.
I think your good then, let him call the police and find that out the hard way.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:26 PM
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call the local municiple court office if your in the city. they should be able to tell you about any local ordinances. some cities have made it illegal to discharge 'any projectile' which would mean a sling shot is illegal. if your in the county on your own land then your good.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:37 PM
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I am about fed up with this guy, I am 19 and have done my hunter safety, and i do not shoot anything but squirrels, and the majority of the time i am no where near his house!!! We are not in City limits.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:03 PM
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any ideas where i could find this in writing so we can shut this guy up?
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:13 PM
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Just tossing this out there, next time you get a threatening phone call from him, toss out the word harassment and ask for the number of the local P.D.. There's a decent chance you won't hear from him again.
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Unless there is a county ordinance concerning this, the only stipulation in state law is that you be 50 yards from a road, not a dwelling. On private property you have even less to be concerned with from the state. You may shoot any firearm on private property that you may legally own unless there is a county or municipal ordinance against it. Check with your local PD, sheriffs office, probate or magistrate judges office to get the facts on what you may legally do. Since you are not within the city limits and since Gwinett county is a firearms county for big game, I believe you are safe in shooting on your private property but check with the police or judge to be sure.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:22 AM
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The next time he threatens to call the cops tell him you'll do him one better & call them yourself. When the cops get there you'll have your answer & an end to your problems.
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Even if it was the law says that a firearm cannot be fired within 50 yds of a dwelling.
You sure about that?

You all might ought to read: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/archive/9154/ answers it once and for all.
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:01 AM
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I will have to dig it out to verify but when I got my carry permit they gave me a copy of the Gwinnett county regs and I believe that it states that you cannot discharge a firearm (including pellet guns) or even a bow within 50 yards of a dwelling.
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:27 AM
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I will have to dig it out to verify but when I got my carry permit they gave me a copy of the Gwinnett county regs and I believe that it states that you cannot discharge a firearm (including pellet guns) or even a bow within 50 yards of a dwelling.
Yep, better read them CLOSELY. Or, to save time, you could read the article I posted above.

Heck, since most won't take the time to open a link, here is the jist of it:

While municipal ordinances prohibit discharging firearms in cities, unincorporated areas of most Georgia counties have no restrictions on guns beyond what’s specified in the state law. Even heavily populated Gwinnett County has no gun ordinance outside of its incorporated cities.

"The official code of Georgia says it’s unlawful to discharge a firearm when you’re on another person’s property, unless you have (written) permission," Strickland said. "And you can’t shoot across a public road or within 50 yards of a road."

Here's a hint: IF IT ISN'T SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED, IT IS LEGAL.
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They're everywhere. I have some neighbors who try and manage everybodys business. Even to trespassing and measuring new house floor plans to see if they meet the minimum requirements. Don't know who appointed em, or why they think they can run over their neighbors. 17 of em have grouped together and call themselves a homeowners association. And we wonder why our country is in trouble.
Plant some cudzoo for your property boundry between you and him.
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17 of em have grouped together and call themselves a homeowners association.
ahaha gotta love them!
I think its especially funny when they turn on each other!
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They're everywhere. I have some neighbors who try and manage everybodys business. Even to trespassing and measuring new house floor plans to see if they meet the minimum requirements. Don't know who appointed em, or why they think they can run over their neighbors. 17 of em have grouped together and call themselves a homeowners association. And we wonder why our country is in trouble.
Plant some cudzoo for your property boundry between you and him.
Yep, and usually it's ones who move in from another area then start complaining about things.
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Old 02-11-2009, 03:01 PM
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I was on my cousins property with my cousin next to me, we were more than 50 yds from the road and he came onto our property to raise h*#% at us.
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I'd do it again, and bust his rear for trespassing AND hunter harrassment. Surely you could be hunting something.
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A firearm is defined by law and definition to be a device "that will expel, is designed to expel or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive"

A pellet gun or BB gun does not meet this definition. Pellet guns therefore are not firearms. Shoot em all you want, especially on your own property.

My neighborhood owns some land no one uses. I shoot squirrels there.

BTW: My avatar there is a pic of my pellet gun
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:49 PM
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I'll tell you what I'd do. Next time he comes over griping, I'd tell him "OK. You wait right here with me and I'll get the Sheriff's department out here right now and settle this. Then I'd take my cell phone and do exactly that....I'd call the Sheriff's office and request that a deputy come out and settle it. I think you'll probably come out ahead....I don't think you are violating any ordinances with a pellet rifle. Then, I would (while the guy is still standing there) ask the Deputy to warn him to stay off your property. Then the next time he comes over HE'S violating the law. He's trespassing.
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I have to put my two cents in, I am a State Trooper and would tell the guy politlely to exit the property. If he refused, then as petty as it would seem to some, call the Gwinnett County Police to come out and settle the issue, that way it will be documented in case he starts his crap in the future or for what ever reasons does something in retaliation.

I live in Gwinnett County and I shoot all of the time, meaning .45 Cal, I would not worry about it, though that is easy for me to say!

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just keep shooting. if he don't like it start shooting a shotgun for a few weeks then he will love the pellet gun.
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