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Old 01-23-2013, 08:11 AM
 
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Is it legal to shoot a paintball gun in your backyard? I just wanted to shoot at a target for fun in an area of my yard where it would be impossible to hit anything or anyone other than my property. Anyone know if its legal within city limits?
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:07 AM
 
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I'll let you read the ordinance yerself. If you would like, you can always call SAPD. They would be the responding agency should a neighbor call them.
ARTICLE VI. - REGULATION OF FIREARMS AND WEAPONS
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:56 AM
 
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The ordinance defines firearms as "As used in this article, the term "firearm" shall mean any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance or any device readily convertible to that use."

Paintballs are propelled by gas pressure, not an explosion or burning substance.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:07 AM
 
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I called the sapd non emergency line and the lady who answered didnt really know either way.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The section of city code that really pertains to paintball guns is here: ARTICLE I. - IN GENERAL Section 21-14

It says that a minor can't possess a paintball gun and that no one may bring a paintball gun into a park. It doesn't say anything about discharging a paintball gun on your own property.

My personal experience, when I lived in city limits, was that spring action pellet guns weren't noisy enough for neighbors to call the police, but the ones that operated with compressed gas were (thinking it was a real gun, I guess). You could probably call 311, city info, and ask if it's legal to shoot a paintball gun on your own property. I don't know if they would know or not.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:23 AM
 
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It is legal but if yours sounds like a firearm you could expect a visit from a police officer, they won't always know all the laws either and might tell you that you can't do that, unsure if arguing is a wise idea even if they would be wrong about it.

This has already happened in Texas so it is not a hypothetical.

If you know your neighbors and can give them a heads up and you know it won't alarm or annoy them then that would be great.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:35 AM
 
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To ask permission is to seek denial.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It is legal but if yours sounds like a firearm you could expect a visit from a police officer, they won't always know all the laws either and might tell you that you can't do that, unsure if arguing is a wise idea even if they would be wrong about it.

This has already happened in Texas so it is not a hypothetical.
From personal experience, they will ask to see the weapon, play with it a little bit, and then tell you that you're disturbing the neighbors and not to do it anymore. I guess maybe if they had to come out several times, it might result in a ticket.
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