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Old January 25th, 2011, 10:25 AM #1
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Laws on a range in the home??

Does anyone know if there are regs/laws in MD and/or Carroll county, or Mt. Airy for building a private range in my home. My plan is to build a big detached garage in the next few years and put a basement underneith with a small handgun lane. Aside from neighbors complaints, which I don't forsee having any, Does anyone know of anything? Thanks for any input.
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Old January 25th, 2011, 10:36 AM #2
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Bad idea to put that label on it. It is an extended Man-Cave and would be an awesome place to have a "walk-in safe" (room). A 4 car garage with a huge man cave underneath would be the schitt!!

Build it...and they will come...(friends). You need a 100" projector screen TV and a beer fridge for afterwards.
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I'm not a builder, but I'd check into the legality of building a basement under a garage. If it is even allowed by code, I'd bet there are special construction considerations to be made.
Otherwise, that's an awesome idea.
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Old January 25th, 2011, 10:48 AM #4
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Too darn cool. It's a little cold to go shooting out back right now.
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What are the laws for discharging a firearm in city/county limits where you live?
I would be inclined myself to just build it, soundproof it, and ventilate it well w/o ever asking or saying a thing about it.
I'm not saying you should ever break a law.
I'm just saying I wouldn't ask so many questions and wouldn't talk about it after it was built.
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I cannot find it in Maryland law, but I thought I had read that discharging a firearm inside the home was not legal. Seems absurd to regulate this, I know, and maybe I'm mistaken.

Regarding building a basement under a garage, easy deal. We've built basements under porches and basements under garages. You can build almost anything you want, including a two level basement...research "suspended slabs".
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Old January 25th, 2011, 11:27 AM #7
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This would be my dream, to have my own shooting range at home.
Good luck and more power to you!
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I am sure there will have to be special building aspects. The "Right way" to do it may actually be to have the "underground man-cave/safe-room/action only movie viewing room" off to the side of the garage with access from inside. As far as the legalities I think im ok but it needs further investigation. And of corse, all will be invited to break it in.
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A neighbor had one in his basement. Could hardly hear him I guess house muff
the shot. I'm sure it wasn't legal.
Airgun would be quiet.
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I'm sure there would be a difference if the dwelling isn't occupied.

Wouldn't be shooting in a house, per se.
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At best zoning issues but with the right sound proofing, bullet trap and ventilation system there should be a no problem. Anything is possible with the right plan.

Use the Savage Snail Trap as a guide.

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I am sure there will have to be special building aspects. The "Right way" to do it may actually be to have the "underground man-cave/safe-room/action only movie viewing room" off to the side of the garage with access from inside. As far as the legalities I think im ok but it needs further investigation. And of corse, all will be invited to break it in.
Looks like the thread is moving to the consensus that you need it to be full auto, silencer only. You need a 5 car garage...

Anything to help stimulate the economy...it is for the "greater good"...
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Been thinking about dropping a sea container or two in the ground, not sure about all the features but fully welded and sealed than concrete around it some kind of ventilation and use something like a bomb shelter entrance.
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I can't find it now, but I seem to recall several comments in the past that it was legal to build a basement range in Monkey County..??
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Check Carrol county regulations.
It's allowed in MOCO -called a basement or cellar range.
Google-moco weapons law summary.
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I cannot find it in Maryland law, but I thought I had read that discharging a firearm inside the home was not legal. Seems absurd to regulate this, I know, and maybe I'm mistaken.

Regarding building a basement under a garage, easy deal. We've built basements under porches and basements under garages. You can build almost anything you want, including a two level basement...research "suspended slabs".
Ed, You come through again. I wold imagine the cost to build under a slab like that must be pretty high?
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Having a sound proof 'man-cave' is a reasonable aspiration for anyone.
What you decide to do with it, well, that's your private man-business
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A little info about Westminster, local Westminster officer told me it was illegal to discharge firearms within the city limit of westminster.
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