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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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You can buy a gift certificate and let him get it himself...
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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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Crap we shoot .762 and Gatling guns in my back yard no problem.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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