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    I looked on here and online and couldnt find what i was looking for. I want to know the laws on shooting on ones property and cannot find them. I know different counties have different ordinances but I am still lost. I have heard everything from 500 feet to 300 yards from streets and buildings. anyone know where I can find this info or do they know? I am looking for information for Pasco Fl if counties make a difference. sorry for not knowing this.

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    I thought there was a provision stating you couldn't fire a weapon with 1000 feet of a dwelling/house but can't seem to find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilarmy2001 View Post
    I looked on here and online and couldnt find what i was looking for. I want to know the laws on shooting on ones property and cannot find them. I know different counties have different ordinances but I am still lost. I have heard everything from 500 feet to 300 yards from streets and buildings. anyone know where I can find this info or do they know? I am looking for information for Pasco Fl if counties make a difference. sorry for not knowing this.
    According to Florida Statute 790.15 if you knowingly discharge a firearm in any public place or on the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street or knowingly discharge a firearm over the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street or over any occupied premises, you are guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, but this section does not apply to a person lawfully defending life or property.

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    790.15 Discharging firearm in public.--

    (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) or subsection (3), any person who knowingly discharges a firearm in any public place or on the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street or whosoever knowingly discharges any firearm over the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street or over any occupied premises is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. This section does not apply to a person lawfully defending life or property or performing official duties requiring the discharge of a firearm or to a person discharging a firearm on public roads or properties expressly approved for hunting by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or Division of Forestry.

    This section does not apply to a person lawfully defending life or property or performing official duties requiring the discharge of a firearm or to a person discharging a firearm on public roads or properties expressly approved for hunting by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or Division of Forestry.

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    that is for public places but personal residences are private. i know we used to shoot at a friend of the families but i was just a kid and dont remember how much land he had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilarmy2001 View Post
    I looked on here and online and couldnt find what i was looking for. I want to know the laws on shooting on ones property and cannot find them. I know different counties have different ordinances but I am still lost. I have heard everything from 500 feet to 300 yards from streets and buildings. anyone know where I can find this info or do they know? I am looking for information for Pasco Fl if counties make a difference. sorry for not knowing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilarmy2001 View Post
    that is for public places but personal residences are private. i know we used to shoot at a friend of the families but i was just a kid and dont remember how much land he had.
    I may not have made my point clear, what I meant by my post was that it was illegal:

    to discharge a firearm in any public place

    or on the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street

    or knowingly discharge a firearm over the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street

    or over any occupied premises,

    BUT ... as long as you do not do any of the above, and you are on your own property, you will not be in violation of the law.
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    nice patrick. I will remember to ask him as i offer a bribe.

    tampassgt, I figured that is what you meant I just didnt know if I should read into what I thought.

    my reasoning is that I have a couple acres where it would be a lot easier and less restrictive to shoot. and of course it would be a lot cheaper considering the prices of some ranges.

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    I believe that it's illegal to discharge a firearm within city limits in most places, your property or not - is it not? Years ago we would go out into the unincorporated ares of the county and target shoot but i am not to sure about that now. I go to a indoor range and know i am legal.

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    I've had this same question for awhile. Technically, Florida statute should trump all the county ordinances, and only the things that T-Sarge mentioned should be an issue. Nevertheless, I see all kinds of rules- contradictory ones at that- posted in various venues. I'd like a real legal opinion with case law behind it.
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    Sorry if this is a dumb question but what do they mean by public place? I know the obvious spots they are talking about but is there anywhere in the state where there is public land you are allowed to target practice on?

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