This is the result of the constant ranting and political power of the NRA. St Petersburg FL has no law, regulation or ordinance that would stop this person, or any other person, from building a shooting range on their property, no matter how close it is to another person's residence.
Here's the fun partSt Pete man builds gun range in yard, neighbors outraged
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -
The Lakewood Estates neighborhood is filled with families and children. On any given day, you'll see kids climbing trees and playing on swing sets. That's why news of a residential gun range did not sit well with neighbors.
“I don't know if this idiot is going to start popping off rounds,” said Patrick Leary. “I'm furious.”
Moms and dads are extremely upset after their 21-year-old neighbor, Joseph Carannate, told them he built a homemade gun range.
“I don't want to hurt myself or any neighbors. I don't want to hurt anybody. I just want to use this as my enjoyment,” Carannate told News Channel 8. “I don't want to have to go to a gun range, when I can just go outside my door.”
More on the story can be read at The Sun-Sentinel websiteAccording to St. Petersburg Police, legally he's allowed to do it. ... police admit they've been to Carannate's home and that he is obeying the law. They tell us they will “monitor the situation closely.”Influence of the NRA is notedFlorida law allows people to build and maintain shooting ranges in their backyards. And unless an owner becomes negligent or reckless, there's nothing a neighbor can do.
* There's no restriction on the type of firearms or ammunition that can be used in a backyard shooting range.
* There's no restriction on the time of day or night your neighbors can use their gun range.
* And there's no restriction on gun ranges near a public school, day-care center or neighborhood playground. Talk about the need for duck-and-cover lessons.
The law allowing home gun ranges has been on the books for 27 years. However, as local governments began passing ordinances that banned them, the National Rifle Association convinced state lawmakers in 2011 to fight back. Now, local leaders who create restrictive ordinances face fines of $5,000 per offense. They can even be removed from office and forced to pay their own legal fees if sued over a gun ordinance.
"The Florida Attorney General has confirmed cities are powerless to protect residents from firearm target shooting in dense urban residential neighborhoods,