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  1. Discharging a firearm outside city limits

    So I shoot my guns on a decent sized property outside of the town of Monroe approximately 5 miles away from the city limits sign. I was informed by non gun owners that me shooting my shot gun, .22 LR, and a few of my handguns on private property with a very large corn field behind my target is prohibited in the state of NC. How true are these facts and how far outside of city limits do I have to be?
    Luke

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    Go ask the Sheriff's Department. They can probably give you the answers you seek.

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    The only cornfields that I've seen have the ability to completely hide people. How can you be sure that there is nobody in the area?

    In my country we have the following:

    The 7 Basic Rules of Firearm Safety

    1. Treat every firearm as loaded
    2. Always point firearms in a safe direction
    3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire
    4. Identify your target
    5. Check your firing zone
    6. Store firearms and ammunition safely
    7. Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms

    2 and 5 seem to be applicable in your case. Admittedly these are the safety rules we have to learn in my country and they may not apply to your state. They are not laws, just common-sense rules to make you think about safety. I imagine it would be prudent to put your targets against a large earth bank or hill that makes a safe backstop.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by Greggatshack View Post
    The only cornfields that I've seen have the ability to completely hide people. How can you be sure that there is nobody in the area?

    In my country we have the following:

    The 7 Basic Rules of Firearm Safety

    1. Treat every firearm as loaded
    2. Always point firearms in a safe direction
    3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire
    4. Identify your target
    5. Check your firing zone
    6. Store firearms and ammunition safely
    7. Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms

    2 and 5 seem to be applicable in your case. Admittedly these are the safety rules we have to learn in my country and they may not apply to your state. They are not laws, just common-sense rules to make you think about safety. I imagine it would be prudent to put your targets against a large earth bank or hill that makes a safe backstop.
    You must be from Canada or New Zealand. I used to live there but couldn't stand the gun laws, amongst other things. I know the area very well hence knowing there are no houses behind the woods and cornfield.

  6. N.C. is very similar to S.C. when it comes to private property. As long as you are on privately owned property, away from city limits, you can shoot as much as you want as long as you are far enouhh away from city limits and city noise ordinances. As long as you are safe and responsible, you have nothing to worry about. I know this from experience......

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    i live 400 ft from county line on 6.5 ac there is a small town that is on the other side of the river (county line)i shoot all the time but not in that direction but there are people that shoot all the time at the boat ramp there in the city limits and there's more noise that comes from there loud radios the boom boom kind and gun shots than you can shake a stick at

  8. Quote Originally Posted by sig1014 View Post
    N.C. is very similar to S.C. when it comes to private property. As long as you are on privately owned property, away from city limits, you can shoot as much as you want as long as you are far enouhh away from city limits and city noise ordinances. As long as you are safe and responsible, you have nothing to worry about. I know this from experience......
    The rule in Cumberland County is:

    Sec. 9.5-100. - Firearms.

    (a)

    It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm within the county where the firer of such firearm:

    (1) Is, or reasonably appears to be, within 100 yards of any dwelling unit, house, trailer or building lot not his own, without the consent of the occupant of such unit, house, trailer or building;

    (2) Knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe, that the missile discharged from such firearm will strike within 200 yards of a dwelling unit, house, trailer or building which is not his own, without the consent of the occupant of such unit, house, trailer or building;

    (3) Is within 25 yards of any publicly maintained road or any public vehicular area;

    (4) Knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe, that the missile discharged from such firearm will strike within 50 yards of a publicly maintained road or any public vehicular area;

    (5) Knows, or has reasonable grounds to believe, that the missile discharged from such firearm will strike within 25 yards of the location of any person whom the firer of such firearm knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is within the area and any such person has not consented, either expressly or impliedly, to being within 25 yards of where such missile is reasonably expected to strike.

    The above does not apply when using the weapon in defense of a person or property; or when using an approved indoor range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Hordyk View Post
    So I shoot my guns on a decent sized property outside of the town of Monroe approximately 5 miles away from the city limits sign. I was informed by non gun owners that me shooting my shot gun, .22 LR, and a few of my handguns on private property with a very large corn field behind my target is prohibited in the state of NC. How true are these facts and how far outside of city limits do I have to be?
    Luke
    Please tell me you have some other backstop behind your target than a cornfield. If these cornfields are like the ones in my area, people from time to time like to hide in them, kids play hide and seek, etc.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote."
    ~ Benjamin Franklin (maybe)

  10. Quote Originally Posted by wolf_fire View Post
    Please tell me you have some other backstop behind your target than a cornfield. If these cornfields are like the ones in my area, people from time to time like to hide in them, kids play hide and seek, etc.
    Yes, We have set up large amounts of railroad ties. I am making sure that the shooting is done safely; I just dont want to be breaking any laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Hordyk View Post
    ... and how far outside of city limits do I have to be?
    Luke
    Respectfully, I ask you to stop and think about it for a bit.

    If any city, including Monroe, can have their laws applied outside their established limits, then we already have gun control in the entire world. Why? Because Monroe said so.

    Now, we both realize that is a stupid proposition. From that, we can recognize that the whole concept that a city can declare anything outside their limits as illegal is also pretty stupid.
    G'Day and G'lock

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