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    Laws for shooting outside city limits


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    Hey guys, was wondering the exact laws for shooting on my own property outside of city limits. We have about 4 acres and for the longest time me and my father have shot into the bank of our pond with no complaints from neighbors or anyone else. then the other day i had some.......not so bright older man drive his truck down our back easment and told me i wasnt allowed to shoot during that time of day. he lives on the other side of a thick treeline from us and moved in about 4 years ago. he has never said anything up until now but i know he used to be a real bad drunk. any advice?

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    Drop a case of whiskey off to him before shooting, he'll sleep through it

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    What county are you in?

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    I believe you just have to be 200 ft from any dwelling and some distance away from road. I definitely could be wrong.

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    cumberland county. he tried to tell me that i was not allowed to shoot at 2 in the afternoon because kids were off from school.....i dont want to start a big comotion with him but i also dont want to be pushed around by idiots.

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    Look up your county noise ordnance. Most NC counties have some sort of noise ordnance stating you can shoot withing 300-500 feet from a dwelling.
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    Would there be anything i can do if this guy comes again harassing me?

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    If you are within your rights, ask him to leave.

    I'm not sure if someone has a noise complaint if the cops could tell you to stop. I would guess so

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92rscamaro View Post
    Would there be anything i can do if this guy comes again harassing me?
    Yes.

    If he comes on to your property and harasses you, call the law.
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    This is as far as I go. But the Cumberland county ordinances are online here. If he comes over, tell him to leave a couple times then call the cops. Have them explain trespassing to him.

    http://www.municode.com/Library/NC/Cumberland_County

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    ok. According to the laws iv read online and ordinances then im in the clear and doing nothing wrong. I guess if he come again il warn him im going to call the cops and then see where it goes. Like i said i doubt me warning him will stop him because he thinks he owns everything and is "king" of the area even though we have lived there almost 3 times as long as he has. Thanks for the help guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92rscamaro View Post
    Hey guys, was wondering the exact laws for shooting on my own property outside of city limits. We have about 4 acres and for the longest time me and my father have shot into the bank of our pond with no complaints from neighbors or anyone else. then the other day i had some.......not so bright older man drive his truck down our back easment and told me i wasnt allowed to shoot during that time of day. he lives on the other side of a thick treeline from us and moved in about 4 years ago. he has never said anything up until now but i know he used to be a real bad drunk. any advice?
    Two very disturbing facts..........

    Quote Originally Posted by 92rscamaro View Post
    cumberland county. he tried to tell me that i was not allowed to shoot at 2 in the afternoon because kids were off from school.....i dont want to start a big comotion with him but i also dont want to be pushed around by idiots.
    What is he referring to in pointing out the time being 2 pm and kids being off from school? How is this relevant to some sort of ordinance?

    Quote Originally Posted by 92rscamaro View Post
    ok. According to the laws iv read online and ordinances then im in the clear and doing nothing wrong. I guess if he come again il warn him im going to call the cops and then see where it goes. Like i said i doubt me warning him will stop him because he thinks he owns everything and is "king" of the area even though we have lived there almost 3 times as long as he has. Thanks for the help guys.
    You have some very disturbing indicators here 92rscamaro......

    If you love shooting as much as most of us do and want to enjoy the sport on your own land, you need to be absolutely sure that you address this problem the right way. You never know what will push an unstable person over the edge and perhaps he will take things a step further the next time with deadly results.

    I for one would report this last encounter with the Sheriff's department as soon as possible and request that a deputy come visit you. Show him exactly where you were shooting and be up front with him. Ask him for his opinion and request that he document the report. Be sure that you get a copy of the report.

    I've seen things get very ugly quickly in the past with situations that got out of control before anyone could stop it. Don't let it happen to you. I don't have a clue what the outcome will be but would like for you to post the results for us.

    Good luck with enjoying your private property and your shooting privileges that I hope will be protected. I would make every attempt to find out exactly what ordinances affect me in this area and follow them as best I could. And keep a cool head.

    I live just south of you in Robeson. Shoot me a pm with what you find out. I'm very interested in knowing the outcome of this.





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    I'll try my best to get a hold of a sheriff over my spring break and let everyone know what i find out. I don't believe that he was relating this to being illegal per-say, i believe it was more of him telling me that HE wasn't going to allow it.

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    What school actually gets out at 2pm anymore? Lord, I'm there until 4:30 at least and my students leave by 3pm at the earliest.

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    I think they got out early for some holiday that day, I'm not sure.

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