Private shooting range questions

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Poink88, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

    Which agency has jurisdiction when setting private/personal outdoor shooting range?

    My in-laws are getting into shooting and they have several properties down south (Rio Grande valley, TX) outside city limits and contemplating on making our own shooting range. Is there a minimum lot requirement or distance from property line?

    Any pointers will be much appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Yunus

    Yunus Active Member

    I have not a clue as to the laws in the local area. Other than a lawyer in the area, I would suggest talking to other local shooting clubs that may be able to point you to any specific rules/regs that must be followed in the area.

  3. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

    After reading a bit more online, I found this...

    Sec. 229.002. REGULATION OF DISCHARGE OF WEAPON. A municipality may not apply a regulation relating to the discharge of firearms or other weapons in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the municipality or in an area annexed by the municipality after September 1, 1981, if the firearm or other weapon is:
    (1) a shotgun, air rifle or pistol, BB gun, or bow and arrow discharged:
    (A) on a tract of land of 10 acres or more and more than 150 feet from a residence or occupied building located on another property; and
    (B) in a manner not reasonably expected to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of the tract; or
    (2) a center fire or rim fire rifle or pistol of any caliber discharged:
    (A) on a tract of land of 50 acres or more and more than 300 feet from a residence or occupied building located on another property; and
    (B) in a manner not reasonably expected to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of the tract.
    SECTION 5. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2005.


    Since the "mini-ranch" property is 100 acres and outside City limits, looks like we are fine. We will check with the Sheriff and DPS still though. There is already a berm from digging a man made lake so work should be minimal.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2011
  4. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

    Just some other headaches to ponder...

    Range Resources - Document Detail
  5. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

    Poink, all this means is that a municipality cannot shut down a range if neighbors move in around it. However the range would needed to have been build prior to Sept. 1, 1981. (Or at least that is my understanding)
  6. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

    I shoot on my own private range all the time. But, I am nowhere near people and buildings. Again, it is my property and I am not open to the public and do not charge friends to shoot when they visit.
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    That part applies only to municipalities (cities). The range need not have been established prior to 81. The annexation must have been prior to 81.

    There is another section that deals with granting Counties the right to establish range guidlines. Some Counties have done so. Most use similar verbiage (10 acres, etc.)
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Your first stop should be to the folks that consult on range design and operation at the NRA. ARE a member, right?
  9. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

    NO I am not (for personal reasons) and last I checked, I have the freedom to choose to join or not.
  10. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    I have a private range here but I'm in the boonies and nobody cares. It's my secret commando training base. I'm gonna be a general when the SHTF. ;)
  11. orangello

    orangello New Member

    Why don't you make sure you are OK with the fish n game regs & just call it the beer can graveyard. fewer questions that way ;)
  12. Walley

    Walley New Member

    We have operated an informal private gun club on our property for the past seven years and as yet we have not been contacted by any regulatory agency. I believe that being in a sparsely populate area with our closest neighbors being one half mile from our property is the major reason for this. A word of warning liability insurance is difficult to find and quite expensive. Our carrier forces us to implement safety measures and jump through hoops as ridged as any governmental agency would. Periodically they send out an investigator to see that all their safety rules are being followed to the letter. I am aware that if we were to turn this into a commercial enterprise and charge for membership or range time we would under state control. Good luck with your venture.
  13. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

    I like this. In a way, this is what we are planning on doing since it is only for family use and won't be used that often anyway.