Seeking advice - Sheriff Dept continues to search my guns everytime I shoot

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  1. GGR

    GGR New Member

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    First off... Hello! I have been reading a lot of forums but first time to post. My family owns about 60 acres in N TX over 1 mile from a medium sized town, but only recently have my brother's and I started shooting out there for skeet and target practice.

    About a month ago my brother and cousin were shooting a 9mm Glock and 4 LEO from the Sheriff Dept in three cars show up on the edge of the property. They ask my brother if they can see his gun because there were reports of FULL automatic machine gun fire. LOL - my brother says his double taps must be getting better. The LEO ran the #s on the pistol and asked that next time we call them before we go out shooting.

    This past Sat, 5 of us from the family went on to the land to shoot. We had an AR15, AK47, two shotguns, and three pistols (9mm and .40). After shooting for about 5 hours the LEO show up with lights flashing. Four LEOs (two of them were the same guys from last time) ask to search our guns due to numerous reports of FULL auto machine gun fire. They said the reports came from as far as 2 miles away. They spent about 30+ minutes looking through all of our gear, ran #s on 2 pistols, and repeatedly asked if we had any machine guns. Of course we do not have any.

    The LEOs were very polite and professional, but I am frustrated that we were delayed (we lost all of the sunlight and had to pack up in the dark). And well we haven't done anything wrong. I am very pro LEO and have offered once we finish setting up full range on our land that the local LEO can shoot on it; which they were eager to accept.

    My parents, who own the land and live locally in the town, plan to speak to the sheriff so we can avoid any future issues. So I guess I am seeking ADVICE on a balanced view - both from LEO and as a private citizen. What is fair here?


    Reasons why I am upset:
    * I don't appreciate that the police have broadcasted the fact Ben and
    I have 1000s of $ of guns stored at our homes. The police ran our
    gun's serial #s over their public radios. Thieves target homes for
    jewelry and guns.
    * I don't appreciate being 'criminalized' in the public eye by the
    image of cop cars with sirens on at our land when we haven't done
    anything wrong (our land is just off of a busy road where the LEOs parked there cars).
    * Despite their professionalism, I don't appreciate the embarrassment of being questioned and detained by police is to my friends.

    I told my parents, who are ok with guns but not avid shooters that this is the same thing as:
    1) The cops asking for receipts every time they unload merchandise at
    the family store because someone says it "might" be stolen.
    2) My brother being repeatedly pulled over because someone tells the police that since his car has sporty wheels they believe it might also have illegal engine parts.

    Oh I am traveling now but will check back as soon as possible.
     


  2. MadMo44Mag

    MadMo44Mag TGT Addict

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    Had that happen years ago at a friends place.
    He finally spoke with a judge that got word to the sheriffs dept to ignore the incoming complaints.
    He had a neighbor that was just being an ass and calling the cops.
     
  3. Fisherman777

    Fisherman777 Well-Known

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    Why the heck should you have to "call them" each time you go shooting?
     
  4. Shorts

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    Actually, a call to the Sheriff before shooting, and doing that early and often might actually get the Sheriff's office tired of you calling to the point they say 'don't call us anymore, we know!' and then might head off the calls from the neighbor.


    I have no idea though. Sometimes I just like being a pain in the butt.
     
  5. kingofwylietx

    kingofwylietx Well-Known

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    I guess, from my view, there are a few things going on here.

    First, I wouldn't be too upset about 1000's of $ of guns being broadcast, since you just broadcasted to many more people (via this website) that you have spent good money on arms. Lots of people have guns, some people have police scanners...but I wouldn't worry about that aspect of it.

    Second, it sounds like they got complaints from people that are not used to hearing gunshots and responded to the call. They are simply performing their duty by going on the call. I am glad to hear that they were friendly & professional, as they should be. Eventually, I would expect that they will figure out it's just you guys.

    Third, to help prevent future visits, you should call the Sheriff and chat with him. Explain that your family owns land and that you are now using it for plinking. You should let him know that it is fairly recent that you have begun doing this and that they have responded to 2 calls regarding this. Let him know that the officers were professional/friendly, but that you hated to see 3 officers time being spent on your legal activity (this is where you don't say 'they should be out catching crooks' or anything like that). Be nice & professional. Let him know that you guys plan to shoot there more in the future and you wanted to let him know in case they get additional calls for your location.

    That is what I would do, good luck.
     
  6. Shorts

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    How are you always so thoughtful, concise and level headed?
     
  7. kingofwylietx

    kingofwylietx Well-Known

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    Practice...lol. Hey, I have a new scope arriving tomorrow........I am going to call it 'coon killer'.......I'll be sure to seat my mag this time. Here raccoon, raccoon.
     
  8. Army 1911

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    He's a conservative, not a liberal.

    Get the proper license and a full auto. Give them something to really worry about.
     
  9. Shorts

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    That sounds like a fitting initiation :banger: I saw the FB pic of you in your closet getting things ready
     
  10. jordanmills

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    I like the legal full auto thing...
     

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