T-RAN, on Jul 20 2009, 08:38 PM, said:
Well I know in Minnesota, that if you bring anytype of projectile firing object, that isn't considered a toy (i.e. Paintball, Pellet, or Airsoft Gun) out side even if it is on your own property and you are outside, it is against the law because you are within city limits, and the local authorities have the right to exercise whatever means the punishment or outcome will be, and in your case it was to take away the phantom, but then again it technically isn't an actual firearm, but it can still cause damage in the wrong hands.
In Police explorers we are taught that, paintball, airsoft, pellet, ect, are considered firearms it the book. I would say that when you pick it up, you should talk to whoever works there about what you don't understand, and if there is anyway that you can still shoot it whether it be in a garage, or inside or wherever you can find out.
And if the officer(s) are willing to listen, you could also talk to them about paintball, and give them some backround info. so they understand it a bit more.
If there is still anything that is unclear feel free to ask. If you want any other help, I have some more sources. Hope this helped a bit.
So how do you take a gun to and from the car, for instance? I'm pretty sure that's not the case.
apoc4lypse, on Jul 20 2009, 10:46 PM, said:
CapnStank, on Jul 20 2009, 11:31 PM, said:
The officer was simply exercising his discretion. He deemed your act unsafe and confiscated the marker.
Simply approach the police station professionally and calm. Do not get upset or anything when discussing the issue. Bring all the stuff to the table that you brought here including:
-Steps you took to ensure the safety of those around you
-Research you've done to justify your actions.
Show them that you cared about safety and took steps to ensure it. Show that you care about the law but misinterpreted it. As long as the officer is not an A-hole you'll get your marker back. Apologize to the neighbor when you do and try to come to some consensus about discharging the marker. If he is totally against it, simply don't do it.
Yup, definitely going to follow your advice and I'll give you guys an update after I call them/drop by about it tomorrow. Though I don't think there's going to be any compromise with this particular neighbor - they've pretty much had it out for us since we moved to this house.
I'm definitely going to stop shooting outdoors, though both times the cops came by, they did suggest doing it indoors/in the garage; granted, the officer who confiscated my marker also commented that the Second Amendment was put in place for hunting
, so who knows if that suggestion is legit. If I get permission (in writing) to shoot indoors, I may have to dry fire the electro in the garage at 25 bps with no barrel, just to freak the neighbors out
Well that guy has no freakin idea what he's talking about, since he's obviously never even read
the second amendment.
I looked up the laws for my area, and found that it was legal to shoot my markers on my property as long as I'm not drunk lol. Before I was sure it was legal I shot out of a window into my backyard, but now I feel ok just shooting from my patio. I don't have a very big backyard, but it's fun to shoot at cans though.