Am I allowed to shoot my airgun in my backyard in Florida?

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    stoneypointe
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    Hi all
    I live in Miami Florida and would like to know if it is ok to shoot in my backyard. I have a 30 yard backyard and I setup a target with a 2 rugs (one of top of each other) and a very thick plank of wood (pellets dont go through).

    Thanks
    Stoney

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    crittahitta
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    This is a regional question. Dont rely on us to give accurate info. Call local Police or check on laws in your town. Im thinking Miami is not rural and much more CITY. Usually places like that are a definate NO! But check first before you get in trouble. Good luck and let us know what you find out.

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    MScottLeeman
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    …I dont have a problem with it. So,uh, go right ahead. Just dont aim toward Michigan.

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    Kdog
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    If you can’t i certainly would move!!!

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    stoneypointe
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    Kdog
    Not that easy.

    Thank you guys.

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    mag13
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    Where in Miami are you? I am in Cutler Bay and have no issues with shooting in my backyard where my distance is 25 yards. I have good relations with my neighbors in close proximity to my home & they know I shoot airguns, so no problems here. You definitely do not want to go around scaring your neighbors with a rifle in hand so it all depends on where you are and what footing your relations with them are. Homestead & the Redlands are the ideal place to be shooting in. Just cover your bases and play smart.

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    crittahitta
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    I have been searching online for you and most stuff is old news. But I found this site about guns in Florida and maybe you could join and get some reliable info for your area and research.
    http://www.flaguns.com

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    gonzav71
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    Try reading up on the local ordinances. That might answer your question.
    http://www.miamidade.gov/cob/ordinances-enacted-by-bcc.asp

    Hope this helps.
     

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    stoneypointe
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    Thank you all for the comments. I will check your suggestions.

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    sonny
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    I agree with mag13 talk with the neighbors if possible I”d communicate with them so they dont think your out there with an assault rifle lol, My Impact to the average person could be mistaken for a firearm. Good luck

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    Red2x4
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    Whenever I travel with my guns across state lines, I give local PD a call and ask them for the law and best practice when traveling across their state.  They have always been happy to take my call.  Call your PD or Co. sheriff.  

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    Kayakairgun
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    Sometimes that information can be hard to find.
    I live in Houston, I started shooting pellet guns in my backyard thinking I would be fine. I thought I did the proper research on the laws and city ordinances. The neighbors where cool with it for about 6 months before I started getting cops at the front door telling me the neighbors had safety concerns with what I do in my backyard. I would show the cop my back yard range, he would think its good and say carry on, shoot all you want. All 3 would tell me I could shoot in the backyard no law against it.

    One day out of the blue a 4th cop came by. But this was not your regular city cop, he was from the community relations department, or in other words the cop that goes around and enforce city ordinances. He told me it was against city ordinances to shoot anything in your back yard at any time in the city limits. Well I told him what the other cops said, his reply was this. Your regular city cop dose not study city ordinances, there is extra training involved and most likely would not be able to answer questions about city ordinances. He gave me a warning, said it wont be good if I have to come back.

    Not 20 min after he left I had downloaded the city code book. Spent 2 hours reading the whole thing, turns out the 4th cops was right. All though there is no rules agians the shooting of pellets guns in your backyard. Im not lawyer but this is what I got out of reading the code book.
    One rule states airguns are considered a weapon in Houston city limits.
    The other prohibits the discharge of weapon in the city limits.

    So yeah… no airguns in my backyard….Find the department that handles city code and ask them. Most cities over about 10000 people gave or take about 9999 are going to have rules that prohibit airgun shooting in the backyard. 

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    crosman2016
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    I can’t shoot in the yard on my property….city rules.  I belong to a conservation/shooting club, and I have to do my airgunning and powder burning there.  Although, there are times when I will shoot my pellet pistols, inside the house.  I have a steel pellet/.22LR trap.

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    Coldking
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    I live along the coast of central Florida – 
    ive actually had to call the sheriffs dept to settle a dispute about me shooting in my backyard –
    I use a 1000 pound bullet trap capable of stopping a .45 caliber firearm round -or .223 ….
    I used to shoot firearm in my backyard – thanks Rick Scott – but the ruling got overturned last year when sombody shot through their fence and hit another person on the other side
    you can’t fix stupid! 
    Anyway – my Neighbor didn’t like the noise so he started getting in my face – I told him that I’d call the sherriffs department and let them settle it
    they arrived -looked my whole setup over – I even offered to let them shoot a few rounds —they then rounded the corner to give my neighbor the bad news –
    I live in the unincorporated county section of my city – so the only rule I need follow is that the projectile can’t leave the property ! 
    Simple enough and a bit of respect for my neighbors in that I try to shoot midday when most are at work and avoid shooting on weekends and before 9am 
    but I would add that each municipality is diferant – some cities and even areas of each county make their own rules 
    I was told that if I had a minimum of 5 acres – I could shoot firearms As well 
    but as others have said -call the local authorities in your area and ask –
    most police look at them as BB guns and could care less -but when you start shooting squirrels and such -you’d better check out all your local ordances 
    take care and shoot safe- always know your background and back stop 
    CK

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    TriggerFingr
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    Suppressors like the Donnyfl really helps and use a silent pellet trap like rubber mulch inside a 1.5 feet X 1.5 feet stops a 33gr pellet 70 ft lbs point blank range (Airforce Condor).

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    applelex727
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    Depends on your county But overall florida is a pretty gun friendly state and most county dont care about airguns at all but check local laws and confirm via sheriffs office

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