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    Shooting Near a Road

    Hi All
    I was just watching a bit of video on Youtube - about Roe Stalking - and and during the course of the film I could clearly hear traffic in the background
    I think it was filmed in Poland but I got to wondering what, if any, is the minimum distance that shots can be taken from a public road or footpath (in the UK)
    PS It may well state this on an FAC but I don't have one - yet!
    Thanks
    Edchef

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    "it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights" (England and Wales, don't think it counts in Scotland)

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    but only if it upsets someone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobt View Post
    but only if it upsets someone?
    yeh, something like that... endangering people or...

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    no minimum distance.

    The Highways Act details that it is offence to: "discharge a firearm within 50 feet of a highway IF......." (and it is a big if)
    in doing so you "any highway user is injured, interrupted or endangered as a result."

    so in short its fine if no one complians gets shot or has to detour the area!

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    Just the same as for my 45 year old airgun then!!
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by stig View Post
    "it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights" (England and Wales, don't think it counts in Scotland)
    Missed off the other bits.

    "In England & Wales it is an offence without lawful authority or reasonable excuse to
    discharge any firearm within fifty feet of the centre of a highway which consists of
    or comprises a carriageway, and in consequence a user of the carriageway is
    injured, interrupted or endangered
    . [Section 161(2) of the Highways Act 1980 as
    amended]."

    It is important to remember that the discharge of a firearm is not prohibited in itself. It must also be proved that there was an injury, or that someone’s passage was interrupted or interfered with e.g. they have been forced to make a detour.

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    This is correct, but it also applies to air rifles/pistols/weapons, I once got a client a not guilty with this one, using pythagaris theorem, he was shooting from an upstairs window into his back garden at a target, at ground level it was arguably less that 50 feet TO CENTRE OF THE HIGHWAY (not the edge of), and using this mathmatical arguement the case was dropped, incidentally a highway also includes public foot paths & bridleways, and the distance also includes over water as well as land

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    I believe in Scotland it states"providing you do not put anybody in a state of alarm".

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    That at least sounds all straightforward
    I suppose if any neighbours or passers-by object to the noise then it is a completely different matter
    I try to be discreet but still get the occasional strange look from neighbours who can see into the property
    Again - Thanks all
    Ed

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