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Old 02-01-2014, 03:12 PM
 
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I was surprised when I read this article (see link below) about how 'loose' the Florida law is about letting anyone fire a gun in their yard. According to the article it is illegal for a city or county government to enact laws/rules about shooting guns (that try to supercede the Florida state law). The state law is the wholly grail and has been in effect since 1987.

It's kind of scarey IMO - and then there is also the noise issue. I've been hearing popping/banging noises in the evening and I don't know whether it's firecrackers or somebody shooting off a gun. Either way it's very annoying - but I didn't bother trying to call the police because I figured it was probably firecrackers - and the call wouldn't do any good. Who knows.....

NEW: Fla. law allows backyard shooting ranges | HeraldTribune.com
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Old 02-01-2014, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Miami Metro
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Thats ridiculously lax, that is a disaster waiting to happen.
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Now that the H-T has let everyone know about this absurd law, guess what your neighbor will be doing very soon.
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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I wonder if the law that Gov. Scott signed in 2011 also applies to deed restricted communities? Can an HOA stop a homeowner from creating a shooting range in his backyard? Many of the lots in an HOA aren't even a quarter of an acre.

"Gov. Rick Scott signed the law that now makes anyone who creates or upholds local gun ordinances subject to fines of up to $5,000. They also can be removed from office and forced to pay their own legal bills if sued over local gun ordinances."

Sounds like Gov. Scott is either bought and paid for by the NRA or an idiot.
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:38 PM
 
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I wonder if the law that Gov. Scott signed in 2011 also applies to deed restricted communities? Can an HOA stop a homeowner from creating a shooting range in his backyard? Many of the lots in an HOA aren't even a quarter of an acre.

"Gov. Rick Scott signed the law that now makes anyone who creates or upholds local gun ordinances subject to fines of up to $5,000. They also can be removed from office and forced to pay their own legal bills if sued over local gun ordinances."

Sounds like Gov. Scott is either bought and paid for by the NRA or an idiot.
Totally agree that Gov. Scott sounds like an idiot. How did he ever get to be governor?
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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Totally agree that Gov. Scott sounds like an idiot. How did he ever get to be governor?
I don't know if Scott is an idiot or not but I do know that he didn't make backyard ranges legal as some people seem to believe. The law that makes it illegal to shoot over a right of way, an occupied building, etc. and which also has no penalty in it for shooting within the confines of one's own property has been around for years and those were years before Scott came along. The problem was that the state law was being ignored and local governments were doing their own thing....that's a no-no and the law Scott signed only says the law is the law and any local government that refuses to follow state law is going to pay. I don't have a problem with that because that is the way it's supposed to be.

If you don't like the law, get on your local representative. I tried, and I didn't even receive a response. Oh, by the way, if you don't like Scott anyway, the expected opposition <Crist the weasel> took the same position back in 2005 that state law trumps any right of a local government to supersede the law even if it is the locality's best interest.
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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The Florida legislature seems to have some 'backwoods mentality' about how important people's so called 'freedoms' are.

In the following article (see link below) it explains how exceedingly difficult it was to pass any kind of law banning texting while driving in Florida. Even now there are 41 states that ban texting while driving - and Florida is one of only four states that limits texting & driving to be only a secondary offense.

You cannot be pulled over by law enforcement (in FL) for texting & driving without any other reason to pull you over. And even then the fine is only $30. What a joke. And as far as firing a gun recklessly in one's yard - that is only a misdemeanor.

In general I think there is a better chance of getting the gun law modified with a democratic governor. Not saying Crist is the greatest - but previously when he was governor of Florida that was as a republican. This time he is running as a democrat.

Texting while driving illegal in Florida starting Tuesday | www.palmbeachpost.com

From the above link:

"The House insisted on including a provision making a motorist’s cellphone records available to prosecutors only in crashes resulting in death or injury. Critics said the change will make it difficult to routinely prove that an offender was texting, except in serious accidents."

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Wow what crackdown - That good-old-boy Florida house of representatives sure doesn't want to appear to be coming down as violating drivers 'freedom & rights' to text & drive.

Totally backwards thinking.......

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Old 02-03-2014, 06:52 AM
 
Location: englewood
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i think the reactions to this article are pretty silly. regardless of the law the sheriff can, if called, respond and if it is unsafe he can put a stop to it. also, noise laws still apply. i have a 12 ft high berm built to stop any thing from leaving my property. we only shoot during the day so as not to disturb my neighbors. and so far they do the same.
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:05 AM
 
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I guess some properties lend themselves more to being a shooting range than others. If my Mom and Dads next door neighbor started firing his guns on a regular basis we are close enough that it would be a major annoyance, if he was a mile away the noise wouldnt be a problem but i would ask the cops to make sure he was using a proper back stop.
I guess if your neighbor does start firing his guns next door you certainly dont want to make an issue out of it because if you get into an argument about it he may feel threatened and in Fla if you feel threatened ....
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:38 PM
 
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I think the quickest way to get the law overturned would be for everyone to put a gun range in their front/back yard. Noise ordinances don't matter, neither does anything else. Until the state passes a law against it, there is nothing to stop it.

Good luck!
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