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Old December 3rd, 2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Legal to shoot BB/Pellet guns in bakyard here in MD?

I assume yes, but I searched and found in some states they are treated like firearms (NJ I think) and have to be fired on a range. I ask because my Dad wanted a pistol for Christmas, but you can't buy a pistol for someone, so I bought him a CO2 powered Crossman 357 revolver because he likes revolvers. He'll be out in his backyard shooting into a dirt/grass hill. Just wanted to make sure it was okay and legal since it "looks" like a real gun incase anyone ever shows up to investigate. Thanks


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Old December 3rd, 2011, 12:59 PM   #2
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You can buy a gift certificate and let him get it himself...


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Old December 3rd, 2011, 01:03 PM   #3
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I already bought him one though. When I was a kid, I shot the BB gun in his back yard, but that was a different time, different neighbors.


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Old December 3rd, 2011, 01:56 PM   #4
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Crap we shoot .762 and Gatling guns in my back yard no problem.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 07:20 PM   #5
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Call your local PD/sheriff's office and ask. Depends on where you are, by city/town and county. Even assuming it's legal, a lot depends on how responsible he is and how private the backyard is. He will be responsible for whatever he shoots at and what's behind what he shoots at. If a neighbor does call LE, it can get touchy extremely fast if his BB gun looks exactly like a real revolver. Tragedies happen when an LEO shoots somebody because an air/BB gun is indistinguishable from the real deal. Probably the most important thing is education on proper handling and safety, even though it's "only" a BB gun, and to immediately put it on the ground if an LEO ever shows up.

I realize this sounds like it's being written for a kid getting a BB gun, but even adults need reminders. Just because your dad knows it's a BB gun doesn't mean everybody else will.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 07:30 PM   #6
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I assume yes, but I searched and found in some states they are treated like firearms (NJ I think) and have to be fired on a range.
At least some air guns are treated as firearms because they easily hold enough pressure to fire lethal shots. Even pump BB guns have proven lethal at close range, usually because kids were left unsupervised with one.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 07:36 PM   #7
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Crap we shoot .762 and Gatling guns in my back yard no problem.
I shoot guns while im riding the tractor and driving the golf cart.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 07:42 PM   #8
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I heard it's illegal to shoot bb guns in PG county(your local laws could be different), yet I grew up doing it and fired tens of thousands of bb's in my yard without any trouble from any police or neighbors. Same goes for fireworks. As long as you aren't bothering people they shouldn't bother you. I am not a lawyer.


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Old December 6th, 2011, 06:37 AM   #9
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Of course its illegal in Howard, unless you are a minimum distance from other residences. Pretty much rules out any suburban neighborhood.
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Old December 6th, 2011, 07:24 AM   #10
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You got your Dad a BB Gun for Christmas?

You're going to be in big trouble with you Mom if he shoots his eye out.


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Old December 6th, 2011, 07:43 AM   #11
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You have to be like a 1000 yards from a residential area in Davisonville. A friend was shooting a bb gun in her backyard neighbor didn't like it called the cops and she was charged with reckless endangerment and a few other charges.


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Old December 6th, 2011, 08:15 AM   #12
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every area is different. Westminster city, you cant shoot anything that fires a projectile, including air guns. Outside that in Carroll, its totally legit.

Where is ur father?


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Old December 6th, 2011, 12:28 PM   #13
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Whatttt. I lived in Thunder Hill in Howard County in the 90s and when I was 10 my dad bought me a pellet gun. I used to set up a couple of big boards of wood in front of the garage and then stand in the cul da sack 30 yards away and shoot balloons hanging on the boards. Neighbors didn't care, no one ever called the cops. Probably the reason I like guns to this day.


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Old December 6th, 2011, 07:36 PM   #14
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My Dad lives in Gamber, outside Westminster city limits. Since I'm in the will, I'm going to tell him if the cops show up, just wave it around at them and yell "it's only a BB gun! See?" J/K by the way, for those who may take me seriously. He has a hill behind the house to shoot into, another hill/flower bed to the right, and a row of bullet proof pines trees on the left.


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You could also get him a trap he can shoot in the garage or basement.


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Old December 7th, 2011, 06:48 AM   #16
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I assume yes, but I searched and found in some states they are treated like firearms (NJ I think) and have to be fired on a range. I ask because my Dad wanted a pistol for Christmas, but you can't buy a pistol for someone, so I bought him a CO2 powered Crossman 357 revolver because he likes revolvers. He'll be out in his backyard shooting into a dirt/grass hill. Just wanted to make sure it was okay and legal since it "looks" like a real gun incase anyone ever shows up to investigate. Thanks
It varies by locale as to whether you can discharge a BB gun. You list your location as Westminster which is Carroll county. Some areas like Howard county are set up into zones (Howard defines a "metropolitan district") within the county so you can't just assume all areas even within a county are "legal".

See also this thread: http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=67276


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I heard it's illegal to shoot bb guns in PG county(your local laws could be different), yet I grew up doing it and fired tens of thousands of bb's in my yard without any trouble from any police or neighbors. Same goes for fireworks. As long as you aren't bothering people they shouldn't bother you. I am not a lawyer.
I'm under the same impression here on this one. As long as your immediate neighbors have no issue with the air gun being discharged on YOUR property their should be no interference from local law enforcement. But, I would definitely give my local jurisdiction a call before you end up in a bad legal snaffu.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 03:29 PM   #18
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I heard it's illegal to shoot bb guns in PG county(your local laws could be different), yet I grew up doing it and fired tens of thousands of bb's in my yard without any trouble from any police or neighbors. Same goes for fireworks. As long as you aren't bothering people they shouldn't bother you. I am not a lawyer.
Sure is, gotta be 1000yrds or so just as if it was a firearm..Got in a dispute with my neighbor over this stupid crap once. Luckily across the street I have a large field where I go for archery/pellet guns now....


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Sure is, gotta be 1000yrds or so just as if it was a firearm..Got in a dispute with my neighbor over this stupid crap once. Luckily across the street I have a large field where I go for archery/pellet guns now....
WOW! I sure was an outlaw as a child shooting at that dirt pile in the backyard from my bedroom window
No to mention all the fireworks and firecrackers I'd set off


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Serious question since they aren't considered "firearms." What's the legality of taking a pellet rifle with me on a trail in the woods? My back yard isn't bad but I would love to take it way out into the woods and set stuff up. Obviously not a trail that's trafficked by many people, and I wouldn't stay "on-trail" I would be way out of the range on anyone else. It just doesn't look good carrying a rifle into the woods. Maybe with a nice case and a piece of orange tape around the tip of the barrel?
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