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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:03   #1
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Is shooting your airsoft gun in your backyard legal?

I plan on purchasing an airsoft gun soon, and I was wondering if it's legal to shoot it in your backyard. I live in the suburbs and there are homes all around me, I'm paranoid they'll call the police for the stupidest reason and I'll get into something. I plan on using the airsoft for shooting targets and cans, small figurines, etc. My backyard is medium sized, about the same size as 4 minivans. Thank you for your time.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:07   #2
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You should consider an air rifle instead of an airsoft. Airsoft is not meant for target shooting, they are not as accurate as bb guns.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:07   #3
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if u want to shoot targets or cans get a pellet gun, and yes shooting an airsoft gun or any kinda of realistic airgun is a bad idea, don't do it.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:09   #4
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I've also been planning on purchasing an air rifle or an airsoft. Well, if I do go with the bb gun, is it legal to shoot in your backyard?
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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:13   #5
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I've also been planning on purchasing an air rifle or an airsoft. Well, if I do go with the bb gun, is it legal to shoot in your backyard?
Generally no. Not to mention how stupid of an idea it is to bring something that looks nearly identical to a firearm into full view of the public.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:14   #6
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Well, depending on where you live you can be seriously screwed over by the local authorities. Check with your local By-Law enforcement office and ask what the By-Law regulations are for discharging an air gun.
For example, anyone with in the GTA (Toronto, Scarbarough, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, etc) will want to avoid shooting an airsoft gun in their back yard, because there is an existing By-Law stating that it is unlawful to discharge any air gun (paint ball, airsoft, BB gun, etc) with in city limits in the GTA area. So if your neighbours call in and complain, the locals police will have grounds to seize your toys, and possibly charge you with disturbing the peace. If on the other hand you are lucky enought to live in the country, you should be golden.

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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:14   #7
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Ok then. So where am I able to use a bb gun legally?

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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:25   #8
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Private property with no public throughput and no public view. Airsoft is also used with permission at paintball facilities.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:45   #9
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Are there any ranges in the GTA area where I am able to play with bb guns? I don't plan on playing an all out game (yet), just want to shoot targets for now.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:48   #10
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for more information regarding airguns, checkout airgunforum.ca, for airsoft games check out the events section.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 19:49   #11
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If you think it's stupid, it probably is.

With that said, shooting ANY air gun or real gun within city limits (unless at a prescribed location) is illegal and can land you a criminal charge under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Firearms Act.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 20:00   #12
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If you are over 18yrs old...consider coming out to one of these:

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CQB - Sept 27th

They'll be suitable for guys who are new to airsoft. It's more geared around playing...but you'll get to see all types of stuff and be able to ask any/all questions you might have in person.

I wrote this earlier today...sorry, doesn't answer your specific question...but there might be something helpful in there as you look into airsoft.

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If you're in public view...I'd highly recommend against shooting anything. All it'll take is one pissed off neighbour and the cops will be at your door. Legal or not...it's going to be headaches you don't want.

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Old August 12th, 2009, 20:07   #13
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Well, depending on where you live you can be seriously screwed over by the local authorities. Check with your local By-Law enforcement office and ask what the By-Law regulations are for discharging an air gun.
For example, anyone with in the GTA (Toronto, Scarbarough, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, etc) will want to avoid shooting an airsoft gun in their back yard, because there is an existing By-Law stating that it is unlawful to discharge any air gun (paint ball, airsoft, BB gun, etc) with in city limits in the GTA area. So if your neighbours call in and complain, the locals police will have grounds to seize your toys, and possibly charge you with disturbing the peace. If on the other hand you are lucky enought to live in the country, you should be golden.

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Ditto for Halifax. Same municipal law.

...However, if you have an airsoft gun and don't mind stepping on bbs, then the basement is your best bet for an urban area. Outside is where phone calls will be made to police and -worse- 911. Not good for airsoft or airguns , whichever you choose. At least in your basement you can have some privacy.

As Sha Do says, though, rural is golden for this activity.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 20:12   #14
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Ok thanks a lot guys, you've been a lot of help
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Old August 12th, 2009, 22:03   #15
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How old are you exactly? If you're under 18 (preferably under 16) consider joining Cadets. I kind of think it's a waste of time, you'll be able to at least shoot something. Although there's asinine rules and such and you're probably better off waiting it out than wasting your time there.

If you're over 18 then consider getting AV'ed and playing.

NOTE: Although it's illegal to discharge an airgun within city limits you can usually get away with it if it's not in public view and you're shooting in a garage or basement. However be prepared to face the consequences of a by-law violation if a neighbour calls to complain ("I'm uhhh... renovating and that's my brad nailer you're hearing").
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