Needless to say, I'm pretty miffed, and after reviewing some of the penal laws in my area (White Plains, NY), I still have a few questions.
Does a paintball marker count as a firearm? Pretty darn sure this is a resounding "NO", as firearms propel a projectile via an explosive charge/combustion.
Does a paintball marker count as a weapon? From what I've gathered, something can be considered a weapon if it's used to harm another person or another person's property. It was my property and the tree has no feelings, so I'd say no.
Does it count as a deadly weapon? Again, I'd say no, since the definition of deadly weapon as relating to projectiles, is "any loaded weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious injury, may be discharged...". So non-firearms, such as big-bore air guns used for big game hunting, would be considered deadly weapons, but a paintball marker, no.
Is shooting your paintball marker in the backyard, assuming a backstop and controlled, accurate fire, considered "reckless endangerment"? If there were anyone else to "endanger" by stray paintballs, I may say yes, but considering that there was no one at risk, I'd say no.
Has anyone else ran into trouble with the law while using paintball markers on private property? If so, what was the result?
This post has been edited by apoc4lypse: 20 July 2009 - 06:48 PM