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Unread 07-14-2007, 05:10 PM
 
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Default Does anyone know of any local/state laws use of BB guns

Does anyone know of any local/state laws regarding the use of these?
LONG story, but my 8 yr old daughter was at a friends house, across the street and they were shooting these in the back yard (thankfully not my daughter, and thankfully she didn't get hurt) and I'm concerned for safety of her (she's no longer allowed over there) and others. Our lots are TINY, though there's noone behind them yet, there may be workers etc. The 9 yr old friend and 14 yr old sister were using the guns...........was Friday the 13th, a bad day around here!

Thanks for any info or links, I tried google, but no luck.
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Unread 07-14-2007, 05:26 PM
 
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Try this link:

http://www.jus.state.nc.us/NCJA/ncfirearmslaws.pdf

as many states believe it or not do consider a BB gun a firearm. If this link does not help, I would contact the local sheriff's dept for more specific law.
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Unread 07-14-2007, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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I don't know if this is the current law but I found this online.

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Under G.S. 14-316, a guardian or parent of a child under 12 may not allow such child to have possession, custody, or the use of any gun, pistol, or dangerous firearm, except under the parent or guardian's direct supervision. Air rifles, air pistols, and BB guns shall not be deemed "dangerous firearms" within the meaning of this statute except in: Anson, Caldwell, Caswell, Chowan, Cleveland, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Harnett, Haywood, Mecklenburg, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union and Vance Counties.
NC Firearm Laws (http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:ZwMyUo2n2HYJ:www.jus.state.nc.us/NCJA/ncfirearmslaws.pdf+nc+bb+gun+possession+age&hl=en& ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&client=safari - broken link)
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Unread 07-14-2007, 07:04 PM
 
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Thank you for the great info. When I'm not so angry I'll see if I can try to let the parents know the info. nicely. Hopefully they're just unaware of the law, as they too just moved here from out of state. Still won't let my daughter play over there! I'll let her friend over here to play when my daughter is over being grounded.
Thanks again.
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Unread 07-14-2007, 07:12 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I have total respect for the law and use of bb guns but it would seem to me that the counties that it not allowed to be shot in should not be allowed to sale them at the local wally world.
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Unread 07-14-2007, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Mississippi
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I still have my BB gun from my childhood, target practice with coffee cans. Granted I grew up in Montana and there were no homes behind our backyard... I never dreamed they would be illegal in some places. I can't seem to keep up with the changing times, I guess.
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Unread 07-14-2007, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, North carolina
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Default Firearms

As I read this , it just reminded me of the home owners insurance we've been checking out.
My husband and I can't believe that included in most policys is a $10k provision for firearms and only $1.5k for jewlery.
Apparently I'll be getting more than a BB gun for my up coming Birthday and it better be diamond incrusted.....
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Unread 07-14-2007, 09:23 PM
 
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Seems to me that the best protection is through governance of child. BB guns are harmless at any conceivable range beyond a few tens of feet (a lot size in most neighborhoods).

You child is more likely to be injured by cars or poison.
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Unread 07-15-2007, 05:48 AM
 
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"You'll shoot your eye out kid"

Sorry, couldn't resist adding a line from the greatest Christmas movie of all time!!
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Unread 07-15-2007, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Charlotte 'Burbs
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Originally Posted by ruiner View Post
Seems to me that the best protection is through governance of child. BB guns are harmless at any conceivable range beyond a few tens of feet (a lot size in most neighborhoods).

You child is more likely to be injured by cars or poison.
Agreed about the governance of a child part, as well as where BB gun injuries rank compared with other sources.

Don't want to scare anyone, but there are BB guns (pellet guns) that do well over 1000 feet per second, taking them out to a good 30-50 yards. They can do some damage. But like it's been said, the likelyhood of being injured with the air rifle is low.

Given the inertia of the pellet, it's very easy to stop them--siding, insulation, wood, metal, trees, bushes, etc., can stop a pellet very quickly. So, while they can go a ways, they're easily stopped, by the first thing they encounter, generally.

Given the circumstances, if the 9 year old were using the air rifle, maybe the parents should be reminded of the laws for the particular county (as listed in NC's firearms laws), but the 14 year old was most likely using the BB gun legally.
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