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Distance you can shoot from a house

Discussion in 'Massachusetts Laws' started by Stefanlg55, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Stefanlg55

    Stefanlg55 New Member

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    Well i have the owners permission and plenty of woods what is the distance from a road or house we can shoot a rifle from.
     
  2. GLOCK.Perfection

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    500ft, for both IIRC
     
  3. Stefanlg55

    Stefanlg55 New Member

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    Would i also be allowed to shoot on public property? or do you need some permission from the city to do that.
     
  4. Kevlar

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    With permission, you can be as close to the house as you want. (500' without permission)

    regarding the road, you must be at least 150' away.
     
  5. GLOCK.Perfection

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    better info here
     
  6. HTRN

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    Unless you are on a range.
     
  7. GLOCK.Perfection

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    check into town bylaws as well
     
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    The distances are in the previous posts. there are some prohibitions if you are talking about public land. Some places prohibit shooting other than hunting or training dogs.
     
  9. Billsail

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    Make sure you get written permission. I know, I've been there!

    Bill
     
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  10. Stefanlg55

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    What should i do if i find a part of woods but there is no way i can tell who owns it. It could be publicly owned or privately owned as long as i am far enough from any houses or roads am i ok to shoot there?
     
  11. M1911

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    This.

    This is MA we're talking about. You are really much better off joining a gun club. Far safer for your LTC.
     
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  13. Stefanlg55

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    I would like to join a gun club but i havent found one yet that allows you to join if your under 18. Since i am the only one in my family that has an FID card it seems almost imposable to get in a club.
     
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    Most clubs don't require that someone have an LTC to be a member. So your parents could join a club and bring you.

    I don't know where you are. Wayland Rod & Gun Club will let you join as a junior member. http://www.waylandgc.org

    You would need to come to the club with your parents, but you would be the member.
     
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    Originally Posted by Kevlar
    With permission, you can be as close to the house as you want. (500' without permission)

    regarding the road, you must be at least 150' away from a PAVED road.

    better info here

    FIFY
     
  16. arlow

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    I am going to assume you are talking about shooting as pertaining to the act of hunting as that is how this post started. If you are in a town that has no bylaws requiring permission to hunt private lands and the land is unposted you can hunt it. If there are bylaws requiring permission to be gotten to hunt or shoot firearms then you better find out who owns it and get permission.

    Where you are required to have permissions it is your responsibility to know the boundries of the properties you hunt and stay off lands you do not belong on. Plat maps at the town hall's acessors office can help you determine property lines and owner information.


    Discharge laws are

     
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    The right thing to do is to find the owner and ask permission. For all you know it's private land and the owners are camping out that day. And, speaking for myself, if rounds starting coming my way on my property then I will be sending plenty of rounds back. So be safe, respect property rights, and ask permission before shooting any land you don't own. I say the same for hunting, despite laws that permit hunting on land that is not posted. It may be legal, but it's not respectful.

    edit: just realized this is an old resurrected thread
     
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  18. arlow

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    Crap, 44marty got me too.... [thinking]
     
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    Awesome find, +1

    That laws applies to highways, not roads.
     
  20. M1911

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    And where is the legal definition of the two terms?
     

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