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beej67 02-26-2012 01:35 PM

Gun question
I've been fortunate enough to acquire a couple new firearms for Christmas, and don't have a great place to shoot them. I'd like to sail out into the gulf past the 12 mile limit and shoot beer bottles off a float. What sort of pesky rules and regulations might I run afoul of while doing so?

SlowButSteady 02-26-2012 01:47 PM


Originally Posted by beej67 (Post 836982)
I've been fortunate enough to acquire a couple new firearms for Christmas...

Nothing says "Christmas Spirit" quite like a warm gun....:rolleyes:

Geoff54 02-26-2012 01:47 PM

I suppose we might as well add lead to the mercury and other poisons we dump into the oceans. I guess there are worse things to shoot

PaulinVictoria 02-26-2012 01:55 PM

The only thing it is acceptable to shoot at sea are PWC, you are doing everyone a favour then.

beej67 02-26-2012 02:33 PM

Doubt I see many jet skis past the 12 mile limit.

I know you were being sarcastic, Geoff, but if anyone happens to know whether there are regulatory criteria about lead shot (buck shot) vs steel shot (bird shot) when shooting at sea, I'd love to hear them.

Are there any regulatory criteria at all?

I just don't want to get harassed by the Coasties because I don't know the rules.

Siamese 02-26-2012 02:34 PM

Darned if I know.

I've been known to empty a clip or two of 9mm when I'm a few miles out on Lake Michigan. Can't say that it's great shooting, though. My primary concern is the lack of a proper backstop in case I was to have a skip, so I limit it to targets very close to the boat.

I just save it for the range.

capttb 02-26-2012 05:00 PM

The county sherrif is our harbor patrol and when I asked them a few years ago they didn't care if you were beyond the 3 mile line.

Siamese 02-26-2012 05:14 PM

Just don't hit any Somali pirates...protected species.

zz4gta 02-26-2012 05:16 PM

Just shoot at the range. Much less of an impact on the environment, and safer. Plus you get more feedback about how you are shooting. Will make you a better shooter.

dnf777 02-26-2012 05:44 PM

No need for 12 miles. Used to shoot in coastal marshes all the time at ducks and geese. I agree with the above though, a range is a better place to try out a new gun and plink. I have no problems philosophically with shooting at sea, but what better way to invite a visit by the USCG?

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