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Old 02-21-2012, 11:53 AM   #2
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I need to pass around a letter in the neighborhood letting everyone know I intend to discharge firearms on a personal gun range in my backyard. Tape it to the mailbox? Or drop it inside?
Maybe a better idea would be to tape it to everyone's house door? Instead of going through the trouble of trying to open their box and be accused of possible stealing!
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Tape it, or fold it up and slide it in between the box and flag. I sure am glad you don't live next door to me....
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:54 AM   #5
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Just put it in the box... I don't think there is any crime in opening peoples mailbox to put a neighborhood courtesy letter in...
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:04 PM   #7
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Wrong sir. Federal Issue. Not a local issue
Well, that just shows you what's wrong with the fed laws... OP can legally have a shooting range in his back yard, but can't drop something in his neighbors mailbox... I love guns and would love to shoot them on my property, but I honestly wouldn't think twice about sticking something in my neighbors mailbox.
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To be honest, I think it's fine. You can't open someone's mail. I doubt there's an actual regulation about a mail box (or slot in a door, or whatever). But I'm not a lawyer.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:10 PM   #9
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Well, that just shows you what's wrong with the fed laws... OP can legally have a shooting range in his back yard, but can't drop something in his neighbors mailbox... I love guns and would love to shoot them on my property, but I honestly wouldn't think twice about sticking something in my neighbors mailbox.
i was gonna say... what kind of neighbor goes ape-shit for dropping a friendly notice in their mailbox?
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:10 PM   #10
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How about finding an appropriate place to fire a weapon, such as a range with proper instruction and direction....seems that the majority of your posts have to do with firearms and the discharging of/and or tapping off rounds in and around your home....what gives?
I would typically travel to shoot... Like I did this weekend. It's just I may need to tap one or a few off every now and then and I don't want to travel 15 miles to shoot one round

And all my current posts have to do with that cause that's my current concern....
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Maybe hand deliver, or actually mail it, I wouldn't want to risk messing with anyones mailbox.

I think your home is the perfect place to discharger your firearm, as long as its legal and safe.
Guess that's the difference between larger cities and small country towns. I view this as normal, with the exception of notifying neighbors.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #12
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Not sure if the OP is clear on what he can have but your right...just another way the Feds have another thread of control...
I KNOW I can discharge a firearm in my backyard.... I talked to the Sheriff. I had to do something with all the old tires the nieghbors just left there. SOLUTION:Gun Range Backstop..... I stacked them up in back. Filled them with creek gravel-and now I am in the process of getting some carpet to trap and protect from any potential ricochet that could happen. I have seen mized reviews on tires as backstops and if I hang a couple pieces of carpet over the tires that should be suitable. I intend to make it as clean-looking as possible as well.

this thread is veering a little bit from the question.. lol
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Legally, I'm sure there's probably something against dropping a note in a mailbox without the proper postage, etc. etc. Whether or not you can get away with it I think it depends on the area you live in. I grew up in the sticks so it wasn't a big deal at all to drop something in a neighbor's mailbox, hell there would even be baked goods in there around the holidays. I now live in Boston and I doubt it would fly around here, I'm sure someone would say something. If you have a good relationship with your neighbors, I'd hand deliver and talk to them about what you're doing. They might be more receptive also.
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You think its fine?

18 U.S.C. 1725 states: "Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits any mailable matter such as statements of accounts, circulars, sale bills, or other like matter, on which no postage has been paid, in any letter box established, approved, or accepted by the Postal Service for the receipt or delivery of mail matter on any mail route with intent to avoid payment of lawful postage thereon, shall for each such offense be fined under this title"



Tape it to the door it is!
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:26 PM   #15
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Wow. This thread is full of derp. OP, be responsible. Go to a range or outside city limits to a designated area. In a neighbourhood, there are bystanders and children. Accidents happen. Just be responsible. Also, I doubt your neighbours will be OK knowing that you're sitting in your backyard front yard garage, whatever squeezing off rounds.


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It's a ferderal offense opening someone else's mail box, but it really comes down to your neighborhood/neighbors, if your a close nit area then no problem
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:32 PM   #19
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I am outside city limits...
OK well aside from my personal thoughts of this being a bad idea, I'll answer your question since it doesn't effect me since I don't even live near you.

If you want your neighbours to be aware. Send something out IN writing via the mail. That's right, mail it. Why? Because if one of them then goes and complains or whatever, your ass is "covered" per se.
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OK well aside from my personal thoughts of this being a bad idea, I'll answer your question since it doesn't effect me since I don't even live near you.

If you want your neighbours to be aware. Send something out IN writing via the mail. That's right, mail it. Why? Because if one of them then goes and complains or whatever, your ass is "covered" per se.
I finally figured out why you have all red squares, lol

Thanks for the advice by the way....
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