Glad it turned out well!
Me and the wife were spending time on the sacramento river, and I was doing some gold panning and
metal detecting, there my fun hobbies.
The location was a small section of BLM land, on the sac-river.
No one was around, but a few cars were parked there, and I have been there before.
I was UOC-ing because there is shooting restrictions on all this BLM land now except in one
shooting area in the whole county on BLM land.
Anyway I had an empty in the mag-well, and loaded on the other side.
I was doing some panning when a male tweeker came down ( strange looking,) but I didin't
let on. Just being aweare of where he was. He hadn't seen the strong side yet.
Anyway he seen be doing a pan and ask did I get any gold ? I said no, and I only found
2 fish weights.He said something, but I am hard of hearing and didn't get it. He took a neckercheif got some water on it and wiped down his face, as it was hot that day.
As he was doing that he seen my wife, who was standing over a ways in the shade quietly and he hadn't seen her yet, when he seen her he said "OH", then I decided to leave as I didn't get nothing in that pan either,
not a good gold area there.
As I turned around and he seen my strong-side, his attitude became real polite, and he left, we to was
on our way up the short incline, and 2 more tweekers were on there way down as we were already up on the grade. I was detecting on the way up and got a hit, as i was digging up another "Fish weight" with
the line still on it. Thats when the other guy talked to his friends, and they passed us giving a wide birth.
I was thinking about this event on the way home, and if I was alone unarmed, things might have not been to good.
This is why we carry !
The Wife was glad I OC, even UOC. She is used to guns and a good shot also, and used to me carrying.
But "target shooting" being prohibited wouldn't trigger 12031, at least the way I see it. It doesn't say the discharge of a firearm is prohibited, only target shooting is.
tweakers on the river??.... we don't have those around here, *note my sarcasm*
Was this in the greater Redding or Red Bluff area?
Glad it all turned out well.
"Most people respect the badge. Everybody... respects the gun."
I wasnt Aware of not being able to Legaly target shoot on BLM. Is this only in certain areas? I went to BLM in Mariposa county, you can see a few Lakes from up there. I checked with BLM Office and they said target shooting was fine and we could even camp there for up to 14 day as long as we had a fire permit from them. I also called the sheriffs office and they said its was fine as long as we where shooting in an area with a backstop. I also asked about shooting my AR 15 out there and he said it was ok but make sure I have paper work saying its registered in case the gamewarden want to check it. I said no problem. Btw Im glad your story had a good ending