Deputies Showed Up!!!

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by Vikingdad, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    My next door neighbor asked if he could come over to our range to try out his new AR build the other day so naturally I said yes! Now we normally do not shoot any centerfire rifles or magnum pistols here at the house but under the circumstances I was willing to accommodate him.

    He got home at 4:00 and the range was hot when he came over. We shot maybe 150 rounds before the cops showed up. They were totally OK once they saw that we had substantial backstops and all. They just asked that we call in to dispatch in the future before shooting. Nice deputies. One of them was even interested in one of my Jeeps.

    Normally we don't shoot that late in the afternoon and we have never had a problem before.
     
  2. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    Hey Viking you are in a "Heap Of trouble Boy".:eek:
     

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  3. kenhesr

    kenhesr New Member

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    I think that would go over like a fart in an iron lung around here. :eek:

    We do a lot of shooting on my land, rifle & handgun. My neighbors do too on theirs. The only time I've had a LEO show up is when my deputy buddy comes out to shoot with us.

    I know you are in Ca. and all, but to me It sounds like you have to call in to get permission to shoot on your own land. No way that is going to work here. What are they gonna do if you don't call in?? I mean you are either legal or not, right??

    I know they would like a courtesy heads-up when you shoot so they can tell the person who is complaining not to worry about it, but I would have to see the state law that requires me to comply. They are asking for too much in my opinion.

    Guess I'm too old and crotchety to change my ways. I would have a real problem with that call in thing! :mad: Ken
     
  4. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    The "call in to dispatch" thing is almost certainly just an FYI to the dispatcher, not a request for permission. A courtesy FYI goes a long way to bring the LEOs over to your side, especially if you do it consistently. There's probably not a state law requiring compliance, it's more of a Golden Rule.
     
  5. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    It was a request, not an order. They asked if we would do this so the next time we were shooting they would not have to respond in person if they got any calls. They were not implying that we "ask permission". We are not required to call in, but I imagine if they have to show up many more times they will get less and less friendly with each visit. I see no reason to be confrontational.

    There is an area (also rural) near here where the neighbors passed a ballot initiative that created a no-shooting zone in that area. I believe this was done in the 1970's and it is still in place today.
     
  6. PrimePorkchop

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    as long as they were cool and down to earth about it (and it sounds like they were) then I commend them for it. I don't mind helping my local LEO's out whenever I can, until one of them gets an attitude about it
     
  7. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    I would hope a PD & LEOs would respond to a 911 call stating shots fired. I imagine they were relieved to find out it was just you & your friends at your firing range.
     
  8. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Have them talk to whoever complained and tell them the situation, that your legal, and there is no reason for a call.
     
  9. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    The deputies did not indicate if they were going to talk to whomever called, but they did say that if I called in when I planned on shooting they would inform any neighbors that I am legal if they call in.
     
  10. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    WTHeck? Is this like an awkward robo-troll attempt or what?
     
  11. jjfuller1

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    hmm well to be polite and respect the request i would start calling EVERYDAY!!!. saying i intend to shoot today... but thats just me.. im sure after awhile you willget a request to stop calling.
     
  12. Vincine

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    I don’t know how rural the Santa Cruz Mountains are so this may be way offbase.

    I don't know that a courtesy call would be that onerous. Certainly it would let them know something was up in the area if they received a ‘Shots fired’ call and they HADN’T received a call from you. I’d at least give them my cell number (do have coverage there?) so they could check it's just you without having to run people over.

    In fact, if you called every day, and then one day you didn’t, they might come by just to see if you're alright.

    I'd expect if you did shoot often, the neigbors would figure it out and stop calling.
     
  13. tellmaster207

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    I don't get it?
     
  14. JonM

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    Thats exactly what it was. If you see similar wierd replies please report them. The current spam tactic is to create a few seemingly legit posts to get past filters then start spamming at 2am.
     
  15. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    A few years back I and a group of friends were shooting out at my parent's place. A deputy came walking down the hill and asked a few questions. Said a neighbor across the road had called in a complaint. He was told to check it out, but the department's official position was "You live in the country now. Get used to it."
     
  16. 7point62

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    Luckily it's not a problem around here. Farm country...a lot of people shoot on the weekends. Sunday afternoons you can hear rounds poppin off here and there. But it's always nice to know you live in an area where the LEOs are cool about it and I can see where a courtesy call to them would be appreciated if you live somewhere where neighbors might complain.
     
  17. kusterleXD

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    A courtesy call will go a long way, if LE is called enough times, they may start billing the person who the complaint is called in on if they have to go out enough times. Some agencies have billing policies in place and some don't. If it were me, I would call just to avoid having to pay a bill after LE shows up a few times.
    I recall a news article I read a few years ago about such a thing but can't seem to find it now.
     
  18. cplwolf

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    check this out. as a former police officer, it is my oppinion that you should heed the advice of the cops, and give them a call. there are a lot of people living accrost the country who, whenever they hear a gunshot, think it is someone shooting at them. i've seen it dozens of times. it is the difference between the RTO telling them to nutt up and shutt up, and a couple local law dogs having you prone down in the dirt at gun point over a missunderstanding.
     
  19. tellmaster207

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    Are you saying that people can be arrested on there own land for shooting a gun, in the country? "& end up in the dirt @ gun point over a misunderstanding" Do you know if this happened personally? If so were (State,town, rough estimate date). Thank you
     
  20. cplwolf

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    first off, it's not an arrest, it's a detainment. second, it's police officers using their training along with the information of the call to use a little thing called "officer decression" though not everyone with a gun is dangerous, most of the dangers encountered in law enforcement involve a deadly weapon (i.e. a firearm) its not like SWAT showed up and started body slamming everyone. detainment is used so that ALL persons involved are safe. once the matter is figured out, that's when people get released, arrested, or cited.