Answer Man: Is my neighbor's constant gun shooting legal? – Asheville Citizen-Times

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Firing guns is legal in Buncombe County, although the noise ordinance does apply to them.(Photo: Angeli Wright/[email protected])Buy Photo

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:

Question: I live in Swannanoa in a relatively isolated area that is heavily wooded and where most of the residences have many acres. There is a nearby parcel of land, and on most Sundays (and occasionally other days) there are people on this property who are firing guns for hours at a time. I know they have permission from the owner to be there. I am not against people owning and shooting guns, and I do not think that the people doing so are endangering the lives of the people or animals nearly. But it is disturbing to be gardening or sitting outside on my porch, enjoying a beautiful afternoon reading, sleeping or visiting with friends, and hear the gun shots for most of the afternoon. In addition we and many of the neighbors have dogs and several of them are terribly afraid of the sound of gun shots.

Recently the gun shots continued until after 7:30 p.m. I would like to know what the rules and regulations are concerning the firing of guns in Buncombe County. Are there hours or days of the week that are restricted? Does this have to be done on a designated “firing range?” Are there limits to how close to neighboring residences? I do not want to keep the gun enthusiasts from enjoying their sport, but I would like to have some peace and quiet in my neighborhood.

My answer: Sometimes, “rules and regulations” is kind of a loose term.

Real answer: “The current ordinances on the books don’t specify days or hours or which firearms can be discharged, or

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