Firing warning shots legal or not?
There is a schooner captain that regularly plies the waters off the Maine coast providing charters to private parties. According to the article I recently read, he was peacefully anchored in a cove serving his guests dinner and drinks when an idiot on a "Jerk Ski" began to buzz around the anchored boat for more than a half hour. According to the frightened guests, they thought the guy was deranged. Acting responsively, the Charter Captain fired a warning shot into the air with a gun similar to a starting pistol (no ammo) to scare away the offender on the Jerk Ski. The Jerk Ski operator reported the Charter Captain to the Coast Guard, the captains license is currently under review for suspension.
The moral of the story is: use a real fire arm and make the offender’s vessel a fish habitat and send the idiot to Davie Jones locker!