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Old April 25th, 2010, 03:12 AM   #1
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MD law about airgun

Just wondering about MD law about shooting airgun in outside your house or any other place. Is there a restriction or is there any existing MD law or Ordinance regarding Airgun?
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Old April 25th, 2010, 10:02 AM   #2
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There is no state law that I'm aware of.

However if a stray BB hits someone or something you could have issues legally.

Secondly I wouldnt go running around an apartment complex with your buddies pointing what looks like real guns at each other.

I have one and used to "play" with a few buddies. We were in their hoods removed from neighbors. I wouldnt grab my AR look a like and run around the streets with it. Orange barrell or not.
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Old April 25th, 2010, 03:05 PM   #3
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Charles County has specific regulations regarding air and bbguns.
I cannot access the county website for some reason or I would copy the regs.
Basically the law covers transport in an vehicle (they are treated as firearms) and the safety zone for use which exceeds the safety zone for firearms hunting. This would basically preclude use in most residential neighborhoods. There is an exception for pest control causing damage (squirrels, groundhods..???) but to the best of my knowledge this exception has never been defined or tested.
I think it would be prudent to check the local jurisdiction where you live before embarking on an adventure.
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Old April 25th, 2010, 03:08 PM   #4
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just make sure,if you're doing a target shooting in the backyard, your bb stop should be thick enough and not weak for the bb to go through.
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Old April 25th, 2010, 03:43 PM   #5
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I helped establish laws in the lil town of Mtn. Lake Park 20 years ago. No bb guns or air rifles allowed at all. cant even shoot at targets in your back yard. Guess all the squirrels and rabbits i killed pissed alot of people off .
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Old April 25th, 2010, 04:03 PM   #6
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just make sure,if you're doing a target shooting in the backyard, your bb stop should be thick enough and not weak for the bb to go through.
Just an additional thought. An indoor pistol range allows handguns to .45 and 1610 fps. They allow airguns but DO NOT allow BB's because of bounce and ricochet.

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Old April 25th, 2010, 06:45 PM   #7
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MoCo regulates shooting "air" guns under the same restrictions as real firearms. ..
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Old April 28th, 2010, 09:18 AM   #8
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Charles County has specific regulations regarding air and bbguns.
I cannot access the county website for some reason or I would copy the regs.
Basically the law covers transport in an vehicle (they are treated as firearms) and the safety zone for use which exceeds the safety zone for firearms hunting. This would basically preclude use in most residential neighborhoods. There is an exception for pest control causing damage (squirrels, groundhods..???) but to the best of my knowledge this exception has never been defined or tested.
I think it would be prudent to check the local jurisdiction where you live before embarking on an adventure.
http://www.charlescounty.org/webdocs...20firearms.pdf
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Old April 28th, 2010, 10:27 AM   #9
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MoCo regulates shooting "air" guns under the same restrictions as real firearms. ..
Would you happen to have a reference for that MoCo law/ordinance? I would love to have it handy to give to my townhouse neighbor the next time he's shooting in his backyard...
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Would you happen to have a reference for that MoCo law/ordinance? I would love to have it handy to give to my townhouse neighbor the next time he's shooting in his backyard...
Here is the MoCo code gateway:

http://www.amlegal.com/montgomery_county_md/

and here are the codes, in Chap 57 (weapons):
http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.d...tes$3.0#LPTOC1

The first is the definition section on "firearm":

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Sec. 57-1. Definitions.
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Gun or Firearm: Any rifle, shotgun, revolver, pistol, air gun, air rifle or any similar mechanism by whatever name known which is designed to expel a projectile through a gun barrel by the action of any explosive, gas, compressed air, spring or elastic.
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Next is the definition of "Urban Area" (important later)
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Urban area: That part of the County within the following boundaries: Beginning at a point where the Maryland/District of Columbia boundary line in the County intersects with the Maryland/Virginia boundary line on the southwest side of the Potomac River; running then northwest along the Maryland/Virginia boundary line to the emptying of Watts Branch into the Potomac River; then northwest along the northeast side of the Potomac River to the emptying of Seneca Creek into the Potomac River; then north along Seneca Creek to Route 112 (Seneca Road); then east along Route 112 to Route 28 (Darnestown Road); then northwest along Route 28 to Route 118 (Darnestown-Germantown Road); then north along Route 118 to Route 117 (Clopper Road); then northwest along Route 117 to Little Seneca Creek; then northeast along Little Seneca Creek to Black Hill Regional Park; then along the eastern boundary of Black Hill Regional Park to the Park's southernmost intersection with I-270; then northwest along I-270 to Little Seneca Creek; then north along Little Seneca Creek to West Old Baltimore Road; then east along West Old Baltimore Road to Route 355 (Frederick Road); then south along Route 355 to Brink Road; then southeast on Brink Road to the Town of Laytonsville; then along the northern boundary of the Town of Laytonsville to Route 420 (Sundown Road); then east along Route 420 to Route 650 (Damascus Road); then southeast along Route 650 to Route 97 (Georgia Avenue); then south along Route 97 to Brighton Dam Road; then northeast along Brighton Dam Road to Route 650 (New Hampshire Avenue); then south along Route 650 to Route 108; then east along Route 108 to the Potomac Electric Power Company transmission line property; then southeast along the east side of the Potomac Electric Power Company right-of-way to Route 198; then east along Route 198 to the Prince George's County/Montgomery County boundary line; then southwest along the Montgomery County/Prince George's County boundary line to the Montgomery County/District of Columbia boundary line; then along the Montgomery County/District of Columbia boundary line to the beginning point.

And discharge in "urban area":
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Sec. 57-4. Discharge of guns in the urban area.

(a) Prohibition. Except as provided in subsection (b), a person, other than a peace officer or employee of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources performing official duties, must not discharge a gun within the urban area.

(b) Exceptions. Except as provided in Sections 57-7 (K-Rom -access to guns by minors) and 57-11 (K-Rom - the "places of public assembly" law) , a person may discharge a gun:

(1) on any indoor or outdoor target, trap, skeet, or shooting range that the Firearms Safety Committee has inspected and approved in writing;

(2) in a private basement or cellar target range;

(3) when necessary to protect life or property;

(4) to kill a dangerous animal;

(5) for discharge of blank cartridges in musical and theatrical performances, parades, or sporting events;

(6) for salutes by firing squads at military funerals;

(7) if approved by the Chief of Police, under a deer damage control permit issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources;

(8) for the purpose of deer hunting on private property that is at least 50 acres in size if: (continues)
Discharge outside the "Urban Area":

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Sec. 57-5. Discharge of guns outside the urban area.

(a) Prohibition. Except as provided in subsection (c)(1) through (c)(6), outside the urban area, a person, other than a peace officer or employee of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources performing official duties, must not:

(1) discharge a gun:

(A) onto, across, or within 50 yards of a public road;

(B) onto or across property located within 50 yards of a public road;

(C) into or within the safety zone (150 yards of a building or camp designed for human occupancy) without the owner or occupant's written consent; or

(C) from, onto, or across public or private property without the owner or occupant's written consent;

(2) discharge a full metal jacketed bullet of any caliber from a gun; or

(3) except as provided in subsection (b), discharge any fixed ammunition of a caliber higher than .25 caliber from a rifle or pistol.

(b) Exception - High Caliber Ammunition. A person may discharge fixed ammunition of a caliber higher than .25 from a rifle or pistol at:

(A) legal game or varmints on the ground; or

(B) a target on or near the ground that will not deflect a bullet.

(c) Other Exceptions. Except as provided in Sections 57-7 and 57-11, a person may discharge a gun:

(1) on any indoor or outdoor target, trap, skeet, or shooting range that the Firearm Safety Committee has inspected and approved in writing;

(2) in a private basement or cellar target range;

(3) when necessary to protect life or property;

(4) to kill a dangerous animal;

(5) for discharge of blank cartridges in musical and theatrical performances, parades, or sporting events;

(6) for salutes by firing squads at military funerals; or

(7) under a deer damage control permit issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
The convoluted definitions of handgun, rifle, and shotgun seem to make it so that air-powered guns may not fall under the MoCO transport law and the MoCO "place of public assembly safety zone" gun ban, but that is way outside my lane as far as interpreting it goes.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #11
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I grew up in PG county shooting air guns in my backyard every single day. Never had any problems whatsoever(other than accidentally shooting out a neighbor's car window which I payed for).


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Old April 28th, 2010, 11:02 AM   #12
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MoCo regulates shooting "air" guns under the same restrictions as real firearms. ..
Oops... growing up my brother, my dad and myself used to plink all day long in the backyard.

The neighbors never cared until we got paintball guns....


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Old April 28th, 2010, 11:26 AM   #13
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Here is the MoCo code gateway:

http://www.amlegal.com/montgomery_county_md/

and here are the codes, in Chap 57 (weapons):
http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.d...tes$3.0#LPTOC1
Thanks for digging all that up.

I'd read the urban area regs before, but hadn't bothered to first notice their definition of firearms.
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Old July 4th, 2012, 10:06 AM   #14
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Prince George's County?

Can anyone help me find the PG county laws online.

I haven't been able to find them.

Thanks in advance.
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