Airgun Laws & Ordinances – An Un-official Guide for Air-Gunners Worldwide

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    travels4fun
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    I stumbled upon the single most comprehensive body of work in a blog called airgunlaws.com which covers many International Laws & Ordinances on Air-rifles,  Pneumatic Weapons & Spring-guns. A gentleman named Brandon Marshall created a blog dedicated to the topic. It covers laws, ordinances, regulations for most US States, Counties, Cities, Towns as well as Canada, Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world. It is by tar the single most impressive and important airgun site and reference I have ever seen.

    The best way to search the blog is to hit Control+F which brings up a search window so you can type in your state or county or country. You will be amazed. Everyone should know their local laws and regulations for airguns.

    For those who reside in the United States,a terrific one-stop site for looking up your local airgun laws is Municode.com. From the main page, click on your state and select your town or city.

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    ajshoots
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    This should be a sticky!! Great find!!

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    Michael
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    GREAT find Scott!

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    travels4fun
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    Thanks AJ. Man last summer I got swarmed by cops when a neighbor called 911 to report me shooting a rifle off my back deck. Thing is, I was shooting my .22 Daystate Mk4. Fortunately, I new the laws of the land or it could have taken a turn for the worse. They had guns drawn and pointed on me. Nuts.

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    Michael
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    “ajshoots”This should be a sticky!! Great find!!

    
We can make it a “Sticky” for a while.

    But the best thing to do is “Bookmark” this topic. That way you can revisit it anytime in the future by going to My Profile > Forums > Bookmarks.

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    billydjann
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    Oh boy Oh boy
    Neighbor just called cops on me last night….
    I printed everything and will read and be ready for next time…

    Great find and Thanks so much for sharing….

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    ztirffritz
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    He covered Washington’s state laws, but omitted Yakima’s local ordinances.

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    pulps
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    Yea, unfortunately my local ordinance was omitted also.  I did call the police department asking about shooting in my back yard and they said it wasn’t considered a firearm so I can legally do it provided I have a safe backstop and don’t shoot in the air where it can go beyond my property.

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    MattChastain
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    Wow this is impressive I can’t imagine the time it would take to compile all this information. 

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    travels4fun
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    @billydjann @pulps  tell me your county/city and I’ll see what I can dig up for you guys. I’m well versed in codes and ordinances.

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    Doug
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    I also live in Washington State, Snohomish County and I have not been able to find any local ordinance info at all.  If there is none, does that mean that I abide by Washington State laws which states: “Washington does not otherwise regulate non-powder guns” as long as I have a safe backstop?  I did however find a “No Shooting Zone Map” for the county and I do live in a non shooting area.  I’m guessing it’s referring to powder burners????…or am I wrong about that?

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    travels4fun
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    “Doug”I also live in Washington State, Snohomish County and I have not been able to find any local ordinance info at all.  If there is none, does that mean that I abide by Washington State laws which states: “Washington does not otherwise regulate non-powder guns” as long as I have a safe backstop?  I did however find a “No Shooting Zone Map” for the county and I do live in a non shooting area.  I’m guessing it’s referring to powder burners????…or am I wrong about that?

    
From what I can tell, airguns fall under firearms in your county and as such, they can’t be fired in any location identified as a no-shooting area. Here is a link to the regulations for Snohomish County: http://www.codepublishing.com/wa/snohomishcounty/html/SnohomishCounty10/SnohomishCounty1012.html

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    linsfreak
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    Can’t forget “shitcago” il

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    travels4fun
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    It covers Chicago. Here:

    NORTH CHICAGO – CHAPTER 24 GENERAL OFFENSES

    DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS:
    It shall be unlawful to discharge any firearm, air gun, BB gun or any type of gun that propels by force any type of object in the City; provided, that this Section shall not be construed to prohibit any officer of the law to discharge a firearm in the performance of his duty, nor to any citizen to discharge a firearm when lawfully defending his person or property.

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS – DIVISION 2. AIR RIFLES

    Sec. 30-113. Definitions.
    For the purposes of this division, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them:Air rifle. Any air gun, air pistol, spring gun, spring pistol, BB gun, pellet gun or any implement that is not a firearm which impels a pellet constructed of hard plastic, steel, lead or other hard materials with a force that reasonably is expected to cause bodily harm.Dealer. Any person engaged in the business of selling at retail or renting any of the articles included in the definition of “air rifle.”

    Sec. 30-114. Selling, renting or transferring to children.
    It is unlawful for any dealer to sell, lend, rent, give or otherwise transfer an air rifle to any person under the age of thirteen (13) years where the dealer knows or has cause believe the person to be under thirteen (13) years of age or where such dealer has failed to make reasonable inquiry relative to the age of such person and such person is under thirteen (13) years of age.It is unlawful for any person to sell, give, lend or otherwise transfer any air rifle to any person under thirteen (13) years of age except where the relationship of parent and child, guardian and ward or adult instructor and pupil, exists between such person and the person under thirteen (13) years of age, or where such person stands in loco parent is to the person under thirteen (13) years of age.

    Sec. 30-115. Carrying or discharging on public streets.
    It is unlawful for any person under thirteen (13) years of age to carry any air rifle on the public streets, roads, highways or public lands within this city, unless such person under thirteen (13) years of age carries such rifle unloaded.It is unlawful for any person to discharge any air rifle from or across any street, sidewalk, road, highway or public land or any public place except on a safely constructed target range.

    Sec. 30-116. Permissive possession.

    1. Notwithstanding any provision of this division, it is lawful for any person under thirteen (13) years of age to have in his possession any air rifle if it is
    2. Kept within his house of residence or other private enclosure
    3. Used by the person under thirteen (13) years of age and he is a duly enrolled member of any club, team or society organized for educational purposes and maintaining as part of its facilities or having written permission to use an indoor or outdoor rifle range under the supervision, guidance and instruction of a responsible adult and then only if said air rifle is actually being used in connection with the activities of said club, team or society under the supervision of a responsible adult; or
    4. Used in or on any private grounds or residence under circumstances when such air rifle is fired, discharged or operated in such a manner as not to endanger persons or property and then only if it is used in such manner as to prevent the projectile from passing over any grounds or space outside the limits of such grounds or residence.

    Sec. 30-117. Permissive sales.
    The provisions of this division do not prohibit sales of air rifles

    1. By wholesale dealers or jobbers
    2. To be shipped out of the state
    3. To be used at a target range operated in accordance with this division or by members of the Armed Services of the United States or Veterans’ organizations.

    Sec. 30-118. Seizure and removal.
    Any police officer shall seize, take, remove or cause to be removed at the expense of the owner, any air rifle sold or used in any manner in violation of this division.

    Sec. 30-101. Unlawful use of weapons.
    A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:

    1. Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses or carries any air gun, spring-loaded gun, bludgeon, blackjack, sling shot, sand-club, sandbag, metal knuckles or any knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade knife, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife; or
    2. Carries or possesses with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto, broken bottle or other piece of glass, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character; or
    3. Carries on or about his person or in any vehicle, a tear gas gun projector or bomb or any object containing noxious liquid gas or substance; or
    4. Carries concealed in any vehicle or concealed on or about his person except when on his land or in his own abode or fixed place of business any pistol, revolver or other firearm; or
    5. Sets a spring gun; or
    6. Possesses any device or attachment of any kind designed, used or intended for use in silencing the report of any firearm; or
    7. Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses or carries any weapon from which more than eight (8) shots or bullets may be discharged by a single function of the firing device, any shotgun with a barrel less than eighteen (18) inches in length, or any bomb, bombshell, grenade, bottle or other container containing an explosive substance, such as but not limited to black powder bombs and Molotov cocktails; or
    8. Carries or possesses any firearm or other deadly weapon in any place which is licensed to sell intoxicating beverages, or at any public gathering held pursuant to a license issued by any governmental body or any public gathering at which an admission is charged, excluding a place where a showing, demonstration or lecture involving the exhibition of unloaded firearms is conducted; or
    9. Carries or possesses in a vehicle or on or about his person any pistol, revolver or firearm, when he is hooded, robed or masked in such manner as to conceal his identity.

    (Code 1954, § 24.42)State law reference— Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Ch. 38, § 24-1.

    Sec. 30-102. Discharge.
    It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any firearms in the city; provided, that this section shall not be construed to prohibit any officer of the law from discharging a firearm in the performance of his duty nor any citizen from discharging a firearm when lawfully defending his person or property.(Code 1954, § 24.43) 

    SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS

    ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL
    Sec. 50-7. Discharging firearms.
    It shall be unlawful to discharge any firearm or air gun in the village; provided that this section shall not be construed to prohibit any officer of the law to discharge a firearm in the performance of his duty; nor any citizen to discharge a firearm when lawfully defending his person or property; nor any citizen to discharge a firearm at a duly licensed gun club.

    (Code 1959, ch. 22, art. III; Code 1979, § 11-12; Ord. of 12-3-1979, § 1)

    ARTICLE V. USE OF PROPERTY OWNED BY VILLAGE
    Sec. 66-206. General rules.

    • Violation of state or federal laws. No person shall commit a violation of local, state or federal laws or regulations while on village property.
    • Weapons, fireworks, explosives rockets. No person shall at any time bring on to, carry, have in his possession or on or about his person, concealed or otherwise or use, fire, set off or otherwise cause to explode, discharge or burn, or throw onto village property any knife, firearm, pistol, revolver, rifle, air gun, pellet gun, bow and arrow, slingshot, blackjack, billy club, any weapon capable of discharging a projectile by air, spirit gas or explosive, any explosive substance, rocket, firecracker or other firework, missile, liquid or gaseous substance or any other dangerous weapon.

    WEST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

    DIVISION 10. CONCERNING GUNS AND WEAPONS

    Sec. 11-131. Discharge—Guns.(a) No person shall discharge any gun of any kind or nature or description within the city.(b) The above shall not apply to the following:

    1. Peace officers in their official duties.
    2. (Persons using, in accordance with all rules and regulations, the range in the city park.

    (Ord. No. 879, Art. XI, § 2, 5-17-65)

    Sec. 11-132. Same—Air guns, air pistols, etc.
    (a) No person shall be permitted to fire or discharge upon the public streets, walks and ways or upon the property of another without his, it’s or their express permission so to do, within the city any air gun, air pistol, spring gun or spring pistol or device which is intended to propel or project a bullet, pellet, arrow or similar projectile.
    (b) Every air gun, air pistol, spring gun or spring pistol or other device described in subsection (a), when used or operated contrary to the provisions of this section by any person is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and is subject to seizure and confiscation by any police officer and shall be disposed of as the police department shall direct.Upon the seizure of any device because of its use contrary to the provisions of this section, the police officer making such seizure shall forthwith cause a complaint to be filed, before a court of competent jurisdiction and a summons to be issued requiring the owner or person in possession of said property to appear in court and show cause why the device seized should not be forfeited to the city. In case of any failure to serve such summons upon the owner of such seized property or person in possession of the same at the time of seizure thereof, notice of the proceedings before the court, shall be given as required by the statutes of the state, in cases of attachment. Upon the return of the summons, duly served or upon posting or publication of notice made as herein before provided, the court shall proceed to determine the question of the illegality of the use of the seized property and upon judgment being entered to the effect that the property was illegally used, an order shall be entered providing for the forfeiture of said seized property to the city. Such confiscation or forfeiture shall not preclude or mitigate prosecution and assessment of penalties.All costs of publication or posting of notice as required herein shall be paid by the city.

    (Ord. No. 879, Art. XI, § 3, 5-17-65)

    Sec. 11-133. Unlawful use.
    (a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:

    1. Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses or carries any bludgeon, blackjack, slingshot, sandclub, sandbag, shotgun with a barrel less than eighteen (18) inches in length, metal knuckles or any knife; commonly referred to as a switchblade knife, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife; or
    2. Carries or possesses with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character; or
    3. Carries on or about his person or in any vehicle a tear gas gun, projector or bomb or any object containing noxious liquid gas or substance; or
    4. Carries concealed in any vehicle or concealed on or about his person except when on his land or in his own abode or fixed places of business any pistol, revolver or other firearm; or
    5. Sets a spring gun; or
    6. Possesses any device or attachment of any kind designed, used or intended for use in silencing the report of any firearm; or
    7. Sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses or carries any weapon from which more than eight (8) shots or bullets may be discharged by a single function of the firing device.

    (b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to:

    1. Peace officers or any person summoned by any such officers to assist in making arrests or preserving the peace while he is actually engaged in assisting such officer.
    2. Watchmen while actually engaged in the performance of their duties of their employment.
    3. Members of any club or organization organized for the purpose of practicing shooting at targets upon established target ranges, whether public or private, while such members are using their firearms on such target ranges.

    (Ord. No. 879, Art. XI, § 4, 5-17-65)

     

     

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    linsfreak
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    Travelsforfun, Very good info.

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    Doug
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    Thanks Travels4fun, didn’t realize SnoCo was so strict on categorizing air guns.  And sling shots????

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    travels4fun
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    Yup, some municipalities include slingshots as a weapon.

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