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Offline Air mag

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suburban shooting Birds in the yard
« on: September 14, 2016, 09:58:54 AM »
Is it legal to shoot Birds in a suburban yard?
if so are there any restrictions on breed? are there any protected Birds ?


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Re: suburban shooting Birds in the yard
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2016, 11:37:42 AM »
There are two parts to that question.
Yes you can shoot in a suburban yard provided you abide by the conditions on the Arms Act 1983.
Section 48 I think it is. If you have not read it then please do so. Just remember that some people are frightened or annoyed by their own shadow.

Secondly you can shoot birds but not the protected ones. The list of protected birds is reproduced in the NZ Airgun Book on this forum.
Take care!
« Last Edit: September 14, 2016, 11:39:32 AM by Novagun »

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Re: suburban shooting Birds in the yard
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2016, 02:06:59 PM »
after reading section 48, it looks like it is illegal to shoot birds in the yard. Unless you can prove there is a need to.
Very Interesting read.
I hope my target practice is deemed a reasonable thing to do. I may need to chat to my neighbor in case she gets funny about my 2240.
 
Thanks For the reply.

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Re: suburban shooting Birds in the yard
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2016, 08:14:37 AM »
Arms Act 1983 Section 48 Discharging firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon in or near dwellinghouse or public place.

Every person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or to both who, without reasonable cause, discharges a firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon in or near—
(a)
a dwellinghouse; or
(b)
a public place,—
so as to endanger property or to endanger, annoy, or frighten any person.

First of all I am not a lawyer so take this as you wish.
It is not illegal to shoot unprotected birds in the back yard.
The words in section 48 of the arms act "without reasonable cause" are bracketed with commas so that makes the words an exception or an addition to the overall meaning. The way I see it is that you  are not allowed to shoot in the specified places places so as to endanger annoy or frighten.
The words, without reasonable cause, give an exception where you can shoot so as to endanger annoy or frighten. That occurs when police shoot dangerous animals at gang pads or wild bulls on the motorway or dangerous armed people who kill or might kill other people.
The Police are subject to the same laws as every body else. Just as you would be justified in shooting someone who was trying to kill you.

Tread lightly and take care.

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Re: suburban shooting Birds in the yard
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2016, 11:13:06 AM »
That makes sense Thanks Novagun.

I had a read of your NZ AirGun Book posts. Thanks for taking the time, it`s saved me asking loads of questions.

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Re: suburban shooting Birds in the yard
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2016, 10:03:21 PM »
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The Police are subject to the same laws as every body else.

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