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Thread: HB 236: Shooting firearms in certain areas

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    Shooting firearms in certain areas. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to discharge a firearm towards a subdivision within the range of the firearm, or to discharge a firearm towards any person or structure, when no barrier exists that would prevent the projectile from striking a person or animal or structure. With these changes, a locality would no longer be able to prohibit hunting generally within a half-mile radius of a subdivision, but would still be able to prohibit hunting within a subdivision.

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    TFred wrote:
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    Shooting firearms in certain areas. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to discharge a firearm towards a subdivision within the range of the firearm, or to discharge a firearm towards any person or structure, when no barrier exists that would prevent the projectile from striking a person or animal or structure. With these changes, a locality would no longer be able to prohibit hunting generally within a half-mile radius of a subdivision, but would still be able to prohibit hunting within a subdivision.
    A rifle pointed at a 45 degree angle can very easily travel more that 1/2 mile. That phrase is vague enough to still disallow hunting within "miles" of a subdivision.

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    45acpForMe wrote:
    TFred wrote:
    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp...?101+sum+HB236

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    Shooting firearms in certain areas. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to discharge a firearm towards a subdivision within the range of the firearm, or to discharge a firearm towards any person or structure, when no barrier exists that would prevent the projectile from striking a person or animal or structure. With these changes, a locality would no longer be able to prohibit hunting generally within a half-mile radius of a subdivision, but would still be able to prohibit hunting within a subdivision.
    A rifle pointed at a 45 degree angle can very easily travel more that 1/2 mile. That phrase is vague enough to still disallow hunting within "miles" of a subdivision.
    Yes, but the previous phrase is key: "towards a subdivision". Look at the full text, which shows what the actual change is. As it is now, they can forbid hunting within a half mile of a subdivision, even if your field of fire is away from the houses.

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    Ok I read the text of the bill and understand better.

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