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Old November 15th, 2011, 02:15 AM   #1
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shooting on your property question

Hi all, I'm new here and just had a question. I'm not from MD, but am going to my girlfriend's house in St. Mary's County for thanksgiving. Her house is on a couple acres and was i hoping to shoot my 9mm a little bit. My question is, is this legal what are the laws like for shooting on your property?
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Old November 15th, 2011, 03:00 AM   #2
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150 yards from any house or dwelling unless you have permission from those owners. Be sure to check city or local ordinances as well though.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 04:46 AM   #3
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How are you going to transport it legally is the better question?

Hint: You need to find a legal reason in section 4-203 to transport a handgun.

Learn how to say, "I am on my way to an informal shooting practice."

Just saying, "I am going to my girlfriends house" will get you arrested if you get stopped.


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Old November 15th, 2011, 10:29 AM   #4
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150 yards from any house or dwelling unless you have permission from those owners. Be sure to check city or local ordinances as well though.
So, that is with regard to hunting, correct?

Not that I am advocating shooting at targets while 50 yards from the neighbor's house...
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Old November 15th, 2011, 10:31 AM   #5
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having couple of acres doesnt mean anything.. check/ask whats the surrounding neighborhood (how far from adjoining houses/buildings etc.)

being in southern maryland its relax somewhat.. just depending on the neighborhood and local laws.


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Old November 15th, 2011, 12:15 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies so far. the neighborhood is fairly residential but her land goes back pretty far (I'm sure I could easily get 150 yards from the nearest house).
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Old November 15th, 2011, 12:34 PM   #7
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150 yards from any house or dwelling unless you have permission from those owners. Be sure to check city or local ordinances as well though.
I'm pretty sure you cannot hunt within 150 yards from any house or dwelling but target shooting is not included in that.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 08:58 AM   #8
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I was having this conversation the other day with someone. He didn't think you could target practice on private land at all. Since you're not allowed to hunt with a rifle in St. Mary's, he thought you couldn't target practice either. Is there a place to find out local laws regarding this for St. Mary's?
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Old November 17th, 2011, 09:11 AM   #9
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I was having this conversation the other day with someone. He didn't think you could target practice on private land at all. Since you're not allowed to hunt with a rifle in St. Mary's, he thought you couldn't target practice either. Is there a place to find out local laws regarding this for St. Mary's?
Check some of the links in this thread.

http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=59964

You can target practice, but you have to be safety conscious (shoot into a dirt pile, woods don't count).

Also make sure you are neighborly, and talk with the neighbors before-hand. If they are in ear shot, the last thing you want is someone calling the Sheriff about a man with a gun.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 10:24 AM   #10
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Thanks for the info
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Old November 17th, 2011, 10:42 AM   #11
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Saint Marys County Code:

Ch. 317 of 1985, adding § 268C to Article 27 of the Annotated Code, provided that in St. Mary's County a person may not engage in target practice with or discharge a gun or weapon on certain lands without first obtaining written permission of specific individuals; provided that violation of said Act is a misdemeanor; and provided certain penalties on conviction of a violation of said Act.

http://library.municode.com/index.as...ename=Maryland
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