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    Cool Can your local city government tell you that you're in violation?

    My neighbor normally will be on his property target practicing with his firearms. He and I both live on the creek bank in the city of Martin, Floyd County, KY. While he was target shooting his gun over the hill into the creek. A city police officer rolled up in his car and told him he was in violation of city ordinance and that he couldn't be firing his gun in city limits.

    Now I am almost 100% sure that the city can't do that. If its on your property what business is it of theirs? Can anyone let me know of the state law that says the city is in violation?

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    The preemption statute of Kentucky says nothing about the discharge of firearms so it is possible that there could be some local statutes on it. Unless you could convince the officer that firing the bullet is "transferring" it as someone put it in another post. :P

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    Additionally did the officer do anything other than warn about it? Might have respectfully asked him which statute you were in violation of so you could have looked into it.

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    I'll have to ask my neighbor if the officer stated which statute he was in violation of. I'll get back to you all.
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    Lord, make me fast and accurate. Let my aim be true and my hand be faster than those who would seek to destroy me. Grant me victory over my foes and those that wish to do harm to me and mine. Let not my last thought be if I only had a gun; and Lord if today is truly the day that you call me home, let me die in a pile of empty brass. ~ The Gunfighter’s Prayer

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    I'm fairly local to you mem1977, I can't answer for sure on your query, What I can tell you is that if the city of Martin is like most cities, they can do this, IF the person is within city limits. The big question is IF Martin has this in effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gutshot View Post
    What business of theirs is it? How about the noise disturbing others, frightening pets and children? What about the danger of bullets flying around from every direction in confined spaces? What if half of the residents of the city decided to fire off a few rounds at the same time, would there be enough cops to make sure they were all shooting safely? Would they ever have time to do anything else? This forum is about open carry, not about shooting in any place. Shooting a gun, outside of a properly constructed range, in a populated area is just plain stupid. If anyone wants to shoot on their own property they need to move outside of any cities.
    i agree with gutshot, THIS IS WHY I MOVED FROM GLASGOW, KENTUCKY TO A LITTLE COMMUNITY in monroe county called bugtussle. i can carry here without anyone saying a thing, and the best part my neighbors shoot more than i do. i love being in the country, i don't think fireing a gun inside a cities limits is a good thing especially near water where a bullet could ricochet. thanks

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    Thanks for the input. I'll have to tell my neighbor this.
    I'll give you my gun when you take it from my cold, dead hands! ~ Charlton Heston (1923 -- 2008)

    Lord, make me fast and accurate. Let my aim be true and my hand be faster than those who would seek to destroy me. Grant me victory over my foes and those that wish to do harm to me and mine. Let not my last thought be if I only had a gun; and Lord if today is truly the day that you call me home, let me die in a pile of empty brass. ~ The Gunfighter’s Prayer

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    Im sure that all municipalities have laws against the discharge of firearms inside the city limits except at a certified range.

    Also, do y'all own the land on the other side of the creek? If not, he's shooting onto someone else's property and that's a big no no without their permission.

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    My neighbor and I both live on the banks of beaver creek in Martin. We don't own the land across the creek. So you are right on that. Thanks for the input.
    I'll give you my gun when you take it from my cold, dead hands! ~ Charlton Heston (1923 -- 2008)

    Lord, make me fast and accurate. Let my aim be true and my hand be faster than those who would seek to destroy me. Grant me victory over my foes and those that wish to do harm to me and mine. Let not my last thought be if I only had a gun; and Lord if today is truly the day that you call me home, let me die in a pile of empty brass. ~ The Gunfighter’s Prayer

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