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Old August 12th, 2009, 21:28   #16
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Yep, bang on. Most bylaws do not differentiate between firearms / pellet / airsoft.
Bylaw... don't do it.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 21:55   #17
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you have to be careful

about "rural" areas as well... most areas are amalgamated to regional municipalities where the "urban" bylaws still apply.

it comes down to zoning then.. if an area is zoned agricultural or recreational you are good to discharge firearms.. if it is zoned residential or commercial you are not.

again a call to your local bylaw enforcement officer will clarify where you can and can't shoot things
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Old August 12th, 2009, 22:39   #18
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Depending where you live in Cambridge, Ontario you might be ok. Or maybe not.

This was in today's Waterloo Region Record:

City fixes old bylaw that allows gunfire only in urban areas

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/583511
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Old August 12th, 2009, 22:41   #19
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Most cities have bylaws in place against discharging any gun, air or real, within city limits. This means the only place you can shoot is indoors at your house or at a prescribed location. So no, shooting in your back hard is NOT legal and will get you into serious trouble with the authorities.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 01:00   #20
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Sha Do is right though. Asking about municipal or local police about the airsoft/paintball laws is a good idea, we all know all cities operate differently. If they say no you can't ... then whatever, play as much games as you can to compensate the cost of your gears and weapon ... I mean, buying a 500-1000$ gun and you can't shoot everyday is painful.

It's like financing / leasing a racing car but you have school every weekday in downtown ... parking there is too expensive so you have to take the bus. Then what? You paid so much for your car but you don't get to drive it as much as you could. That's seriously sad.

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Old August 13th, 2009, 13:03   #21
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hi there guys i was googling this exact topic so i decided to register, im almost 21, live in Toronto and i got a pellet gun for christmas as a gift.


since they aren't allowed to be discharged within city limits where are they allowed? is there like a shooting range or some kinda field you guys go target shooting at or something?
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Old August 13th, 2009, 13:04   #22
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check airgunforum.ca for information on pellet guns
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Old August 13th, 2009, 13:07   #23
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Old August 14th, 2009, 01:20   #24
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By-Laws

While I'm sure most try to help when it comes to this sort of thing I think when trying to quote a law or regulation you should do so with the reference for the actual law in question. For example By-laws for the City of Winnipeg to list a by -law 2890/81 which states it should be known as the Firearms By-law. It does say that you can not fire any firearm or other gun without the permission of the Chief of Police. You can take this two ways. 1. Airsoft guns are not firearms as stated in the firearms act in they fire under 500 FPS. One could say well they say any other kind of gun but I don't think that would apply as long as there are screw guns, glue guns or cap guns. 2. You could send a letter and tell the Chief that you are setting up a range in your backyard suitable for airsoft complete with a BB trap and list your range safety rules and blah blah. You would probably either get ignored or a short letter that says go for it. But that's here in Winnipeg. It may or may not be that way where you live. The point here is that a person from Winnipeg could say to you that there is a by-law here that says you can't fire any gun in your backyard and they'd be right but it would not apply to what you want to do. But then keep in mind that anyone can call up and complain about anything you do, its just a matter of weather anyone will care about what they claim. In the current climate of anyone downtown might be armed, that realistic looking AR in your backyard would warrent further investigation if reported but still might be legal.
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