Yes I have had my own dock on a navigable river. Great Chazy off of Lake Champlain. There is a difference between it and
My front Porch. Have you had your own dock?
And If someone pulled up to it and used it I wouldn't mind as long as they respected it. I sure is hell wouldn't run out like a typical gun toting idiot and try to defend it. My porch is on my property not over a public waterway that everyone has access to. I'm not condoning using people docks. I am just asking if anyone has knowledge of this law bieng true. I would hope someone wouldn't be as ignorant to run out to there dock with a firearm because someone is hooked up to it with a boat. I could see if they left the dock and were messing around on land. Then call the cops.
Then I am surprised that you saw a difference between your porch and your dock. I am on saltwater, have my own dock. and let me tell you that in my mind there is NO difference but maybe it is a Northeast thing. I don't see the need to tote a gun however. A walk down to see what they want would suffice.