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Old 08-17-2011, 06:38 AM   #1
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Default Is it illegal to shoot bow in your yard?

Is it illegal to shoot bows in your back yard inside city limits?

I checked my municipal laws. Its says you can be charged with Class B misdemeanor - disorderly conduct.

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Old 08-17-2011, 06:45 AM   #2
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Check with your city hall. May be a zoning ordinance issue.
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:58 AM   #3
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Each city will have different laws. A city can make that illegal.

Post up what the law says on a class b misdemeanor.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:03 AM   #4
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Each city will have different laws. A city can make that illegal.

Post up what the law says on a class b misdemeanor.
Sec. 62-3. - Firearms, discharge in city prohibited, exceptions.

(a)
With the exception of subsections (b), (c), and (d), it shall be unlawful for any person to fire, shoot, or discharge within the city, any bow and arrow or any gun, pistol, revolver, rifle, BB gun, air gun, air rifle or firearm of any description.

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This section shall not apply to the discharge of any firearm by any peace officer in the performance of his official duties.

(c)
A shotgun, air rifle or pistol, BB gun, or bow and arrow may be discharged in an area annexed into the City of Lake Jackson after September 1, 1981, if:

(1)
The tract of land on which the weapon is discharged is ten (10) acres or more;

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The discharge is more than one hundred fifty (150) feet from a residence or occupied building located on another property; and

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The discharge is made in such a manner that it is not reasonably expected to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of the tract.

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A center fire or rim fire rifle or pistol of any caliber may be discharged in an area annexed into the City of Lake Jackson after September 1, 1981, if:

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The tract of land on which the weapon is discharged is fifty (50) acres or more;

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The discharge is more than three hundred (300) feet from a residence or occupied building located on another property; and

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The discharge is made in such a manner that it is not reasonably expected to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of the tract.

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This section is not intended to apply to any act prohibited in V.T.C.A., Penal Code § 42.01.

(Ord. No. 159, §§ 1, 3, 8-17-54; Code 1958, § 14-8; Ord. No. 07-1842, § 1, 4-16-2007)

Cross reference— Shooting on, along or across public roads, § 62-11.

State law reference— Discharge of firearm in public place, V.T.C.A., Penal Code § 42.01(a)(9), (11).

The penal code reference is what suggests it's a Class B misdmeanor.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:05 AM   #5
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each city will be different. this is from the city code of ordinances in arlington. i take it im good to shoot in my yard.

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Old 08-17-2011, 07:06 AM   #6
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Looks Like if you have 10 acres, are at least 150 feet away from any structure that may contain a human, and have a sufficient backstop to prevent any misses from leaving your property, you can do it. Other than that, it doesn't look like you can legally do it.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:07 AM   #7
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Here's a link to more discussions on the topic. It looks like we all need to do our research before flinging arrows in the neighborhood. Rats!

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ow+city+limits
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:07 AM   #8
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it depends on the city. When I lived in Flower Mound, there was nothing on the books concerning bow and arrow in the city limits. Each city is different so read up. If you have questions, contact the city. I wouldn't ask a LEO as I did because they will, in my experience, tell you not to, even though it's perfectly legal. I asked the city about the officers comments and he told me it was probably because they didn't want to deal with the phone calls from nosy neighbors that were sure to come.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:08 AM   #9
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My next door neighbor at A&M used to put his bow target in his kitchen then shoot from the front sidewalk through his living room and into the target. If he missed that target, he was going to hit his icebox. It was cool.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:11 AM   #10
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My next door neighbor at A&M used to put his bow target in his kitchen then shoot from the front sidewalk through his living room and into the target. If he missed that target, he was going to hit his icebox. It was cool.
I used to shoot my longbow in my house...until my wife found out. Man was she mad. I never missed the target but she didn't care...killjoy.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:12 AM   #11
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Here's a link to more discussions on the topic. It looks like we all need to do our research before flinging arrows in the neighborhood. Rats!

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ow+city+limits
Dang, I should've searched first! my bad!
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:12 AM   #12
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:25 AM   #13
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:36 AM   #14
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That's why I don't live in the city
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:46 AM   #15
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I feel like I been living on the edge of breaking the law now reading some of these laws.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:04 AM   #16
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Wher I live in Port Neches it's legal to shoot one as long as you're not a minor, and if you are you have to be in company of an adult.

Then in Nederland, the next city over you can get in trouble for shooting a rock out of a slingshot!

Sec. 74-1. - Discharge of firearms or other devices.

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It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm within the city limits, except those persons in legal performance of their duties.

(b)
Any person who discharges gravel, marbles, shot or anything out of a gravel shooter, blowgun, airgun, rubber sling, or device or implement of like kind or character shall be guilty of an offense.

(Ord. No. 97, § II, 1-17-55)
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:06 AM   #17
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I haven't shot in my back yard since that news piece about the granny that took an arrow to the face from a stray arrow. Besides, it's been too stinking hot!

Not sure about legality in my village, but the Chief of Police knows and hasn't said anything. I have 50 yards marked out and beyond that is another 20 yards on my property before an open field.

When the weather cools, I won't shoot out there until I have found out if it's legal... especially now my son is shooting. I want to set an example.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:08 AM   #18
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Not sure if it is legal in Copperas Cove or not, but this is what I found.

Sec. 13-2. - Guns; discharging in city.

(a)
Prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any air rifle, airgun, shotgun, pistol, rifle, firearm or any other gun of any kind or character that employs, discharges or fires, or is capable of employing, discharging or firing, any kind or character of metallic bullet, shot or missile, within the city.

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Exceptions.

(1)
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any police officer or other peace officer engaged in the actual discharge of official duties.

(2)
Subject to the written approval of the city manager and the chief of police as to the location, construction, operation, control and maintenance of such, shooting galleries for practice with pistol and rifle may be established and conducted within the city so long as the location, construction, operation, control and maintenance of such shooting galleries, in the opinion of the city manager and chief of police, afford ample protection to the public and bystanders from injuries and do not create a public nuisance.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:08 AM   #19
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.......wooops


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Old 08-17-2011, 08:10 AM   #20
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I never checked, i just re-enforced my fence, but i see how it could be dangerous and why some wouldnt want you doing it. I invited a couple buddies over for some after school shooting a couple years ago, when one of the was drawing their bow their string loop gave and the arrow went right over the fence soaring into the air, not to mention he abt knocked himself out.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:13 AM   #21
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Speedmaster made reference to this story above, but if you're interested here's the TBH thread discussing it:
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=222822
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:23 AM   #22
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Nothing against it in my city. Now I'm wondering if it's legal to kill yotes with it in the spillway behind my house
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:28 AM   #23
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It's illegal in San Antonio...but it's one of those ordinances that generally isn't enforced unless your shooting is causing problems with others. It's quiet and most folks have fences so it goes unnoticed...
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:31 AM   #24
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Each city will have different laws. A city can make that illegal.

Post up what the law says on a class b misdemeanor.
^^^^^

You can in the Town I live in but it only takes one incident/accident to make it law.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:42 AM   #25
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It's illegal in San Antonio...but it's one of those ordinances that generally isn't enforced unless your shooting is causing problems with others. It's quiet and most folks have fences so it goes unnoticed...
Back in my teens we used to go to a archery club/range down on......I think it was Vance-Jackson. Is it still there?
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:44 AM   #26
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Looks Like if you have 10 acres, are at least 150 feet away from any structure that may contain a human, and have a sufficient backstop to prevent any misses from leaving your property, you can do it. Other than that, it doesn't look like you can legally do it.
This is what I'm thinking. I need to hook up with the Brazoria County Bowmen. I heard they have a nice 3D range.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:46 AM   #27
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Back in my teens we used to go to a archery club/range down on......I think it was Vance-Jackson. Is it still there?
Not one on Vance Jackson that I'm aware of but then again the only two I frequent are Mesquite Archery & Barkley's
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:51 AM   #28
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I just spent 30 minutes researching the spring/houston city ordinances and found nothing about archery... does anyone from spring know if there's an ordinance against shooting on your own property?
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:54 AM   #29
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This is what I'm thinking. I need to hook up with the Brazoria County Bowmen. I heard they have a nice 3D range.
it is illegal in lake jackson because someone shot a cat with crossbow 10 or so years ago and it died in its owners yard with the crossbow bolt still in the animal with the shooters name on the bolt.

as far as bcb join the greenwood gun club and you can shoot at all the gun ranges and also shoot the bowrange.
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Not one on Vance Jackson that I'm aware of but then again the only two I frequent are Mesquite Archery & Barkley's
I was just curious. That was back in the 70's.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:36 AM   #31
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My next door neighbor at A&M used to put his bow target in his kitchen then shoot from the front sidewalk through his living room and into the target. If he missed that target, he was going to hit his icebox. It was cool.
Last year, someone posted a pic of an arrow in their fridge. Was that your friend?
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:40 AM   #32
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it is illegal in lake jackson because someone shot a cat with crossbow 10 or so years ago and it died in its owners yard with the crossbow bolt still in the animal with the shooters name on the bolt.

as far as bcb join the greenwood gun club and you can shoot at all the gun ranges and also shoot the bowrange.
Thanks for the background. It's a shame that one irresponsible person can ruin it for everyone else.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:45 AM   #33
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I do it in the front yard and the sherrif has waved at me once or twice while I was doing so...



dont know if its legal or not, but I am just on the city limit line.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:52 AM   #34
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This is how San Antonio's City ordinance reads...They covered sling shots with bows?

It shall be unlawful for any person within the city to throw stones or other missiles, or to shoot with a bow and arrow, or to shoot or discharge any stone or other missile with or from a sling or from an elastic spring.

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Old 08-17-2011, 09:55 AM   #35
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i guess i shouldn't have been stalking the darn armadillo in the front yard this morning. he's on my first bowkill hit list. hehehehe
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:55 AM   #36
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If you think it's safe and set up the target so you shoot in the back yard towards your house and not the next guys, who's to know or complain?

Carry on.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:55 AM   #37
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Back in my teens we used to go to a archery club/range down on......I think it was Vance-Jackson. Is it still there?
He moved off of Perrin Central only has one shooting lane now,,
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Not legal in my city.
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He moved off of Perrin Central only has one shooting lane now,,
Too bad. They had a good set up back then.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:18 AM   #40
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if no one can see you diong it.. i wouldn even take the time to worry about it
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:25 AM   #41
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:27 AM   #42
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:42 AM   #43
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I just spent 30 minutes researching the spring/houston city ordinances and found nothing about archery... does anyone from spring know if there's an ordinance against shooting on your own property?
you might want to check on ordinances regarding the discharge of firearms and then see what their definition of a "firearm" is. In San Antonio a bow is lumped into the firearm definition hence why its against city ordinance to shoot em...

EDIT: I stand corrected...I just looked up the current city ordinance and it looks like the definition of "firearm" has changed for San Antonio:

"Sec. 21-151. - Definition of firearm.

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. "

I don't know when that changed but it reads as if it's okay to shoot a bow within city limits now

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Old 08-17-2011, 11:06 AM   #44
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:51 AM   #45
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Saw a video of a guy shootin arrows into a target inside of his house while his wife was not home.

Her cat ran between as he shot. He got it on video. Had to go tackle the cat and remove the arrow. Go to the vet.

I bet he is single now.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:56 AM   #46
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Everything's legal till ya get caught.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:20 PM   #47
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My next door neighbor at A&M used to put his bow target in his kitchen then shoot from the front sidewalk through his living room and into the target. If he missed that target, he was going to hit his icebox. It was cool.
This reminds me of that Justin Huish (sp) kid that won the Olympics several years back. There was a story on the news showing how he practiced.

He lived with his parents in a suburban area of some town/ city in Southern California. His practice range was to stand across the street from his parents house, shoot through the open front door of their garage, out the back door, and into a target in their backyard.

it probably wasn't legal there either.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:35 PM   #48
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I haven't been able to find anything on it for Bryan
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:38 PM   #49
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Looks Like if you have 10 acres, are at least 150 feet away from any structure that may contain a human, and have a sufficient backstop to prevent any misses from leaving your property, you can do it. Other than that, it doesn't look like you can legally do it.
That's the way I read it, but still go to the Mayor / City Council and just ask for guidance, can't hurt and your property may be safe to shoot in.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:55 PM   #50
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i shoot in my front yard along a privacy fence, last year 2 kilgore, tx officers showed up and ask what i was doing, i told them shooting my bow nothing was ever said and in fact one of them ask if he could shoot cause he was thinking about taking up archery .
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