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Old 09-20-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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I did some research on illinois gun laws and I didnt find anything about shooting on your own land. So can someone tell me how you can legally shoot on your land or what do i need to do to be able to shoot on my land?

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Old 09-20-2012, 10:05 PM   #2
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I did some research on illinois gun laws and I didnt find anything about shooting on your own land. So can someone tell me how you can legally shoot on your land or what do i need to do to be able to shoot on my land?
I cannot say for certain how this applies in Illinois, but in Ohio if you are outside city limits your free to let the lead fly.
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Not sure about in IL, but down here most of it has to do with whether you are on a 10 acre+ spot and whether you are within the limits of any town with a noise ordnance.

Personally, i would start by asking the guys who will be answering any complaints, the local PD or SD.

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Where I am in Wash. there are designated shooting and non-shooting areas.This generally has to do with population density, or if there have been complaints about unsafe shooting practices or some other problem with shooters(littering,trespassing,destruction of property ,etc.).There is a civilian advisory board that investigate the complaints and then decide if an area's status should be changed.

Call your local law enforcement and ask to be sure if you can legally shoot where you are.

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Start shooting, if no one shoots back and po po don't show, you are good to go....

Disclaimer...taking this advise may be hazardous to your health and or freedom

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call the local PD and ask. here as long as you are out side city limit, and have a good backstop we are good. , also i believe you may have to be at least 500ft from another occupied dwelling. unless you have permission from the owner.

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call the local PD and ask. here as long as you are out side city limit, and have a good backstop we are good. , also i believe you may have to be at least 500ft from another occupied dwelling. unless you have permission from the owner.
BAD BAD BAD suggestion

Call a local 2A attorney and ask someone who knows the law.

LEO are not known for knowing the laws.
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You're supposed to ask before shooting!! We goto our cousins farm in Illinois and shoot. It's always them damn city folk that have problems with people shooting on the property.

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Use a suppressor and no neighbors will know! Your realtor really should have covered this when you moved in.

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Ask at the Sheriff's office. If the Deputy does not have a very confident and very clear answer then ask them to clarify by showing you the specific laws pertaining to shooting in your county.

If they start their answer by saying "Well, I think....." then stop them right there and tell them that you did not ask what they think, you asked what the law says. Be polite and all though.

It would not hurt to have it in writing exactly what the law says when you do shoot if there is any question, because if the cops show up and they don't know if you are legal or not it can get real bad for you real fast.

Around here in CA it is legal to shoot outside of city limits, but there are exceptions that are spelled out in County laws. When I shoot on my property I call in beforehand to the non-emergency dispatch number with the Sheriff's Office to notify them that I will be shooting. When I do that they have never shown up.

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