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Old 06-08-2019, 7:44 PM
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Default Airgun Laws in Riverside County

New CA resident here in Riverside County, and am considering the purchase of an airgun for pigeon and rodent control in my back yard. Although I have plenty of experience with firearms, I have never owned an airgun, and am trying to find a legal reference to confirm whether I can use one for this purpose in my locality.

While we're on the subject, also curious if anyone has a good recommendation for a pellet gun. Since I live in a typical suburban neighborhood, I'd prefer something small, low-profile, quiet, and powerful enough (but not CO2) to dispatch critters at ranges within 25 yards.

Thanks in advance for your feedback, and appreciate your time and attention.
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Old 06-09-2019, 5:57 AM
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My go-to choice for a first air rifle, especially for someone familiar with firearms, is the Benjamin Marauder, probably in .22 caliber. Virtually silent, affordable, very accurate even past 50 yards, and extremely tunable. Think of it as an air rifle version of a Remington 700 .308 or Ruger 10/22 in how much you can modify it. Bottom line, tremendous fun and seriously bad news for your rodent population.

You should be able to find online the county or city ordinances and maps relating to airgun use. Most cities say no inside city limits but that’s not heavily enforced if you stay safe, polite and don’t get obvious about it. Typically nobody cares as long as there aren’t any complaints to LEO.
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Thanks, Rivers. I have been eyeballing the Marauder for awhile. However, for me, it is a bit pricey for a critter control tool. I do like how quiet they are, but I also know that Gamo has several "quiet" models that are a bit more affordable. To keep a low profile in my neighborhood, I'd actually prefer a pistol, but it seems the muzzle energy for pistols is quite low. Will continue the search, and really appreciate the reply!
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After further research today, I finally found county and city municipal codes, and learned that discharging an airgun in my locality is 100% illegal after all. Perhaps I should start looking at slingshots and blow darts now! Thanks anyway...
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Also be aware of “hunting” licenses and rules too

What can you shoot? When can you shoot it?
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After further research today, I finally found county and city municipal codes, and learned that discharging an airgun in my locality is 100% illegal after all. Perhaps I should start looking at slingshots and blow darts now! Thanks anyway...
Sorry. This is Kommiefornia. Blowguns are illegal here.
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Old 06-09-2019, 12:27 PM
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After further research today, I finally found county and city municipal codes, and learned that discharging an airgun in my locality is 100% illegal after all. Perhaps I should start looking at slingshots and blow darts now!
I think you'll see those are outlawed too! About the only thing not apparently outlawed is crapping on the sidewalk. Not to encourage reckless lawbreakers, there's a lot of lawbreaking that happens and nobody cares. For example...

One lovely spring day, my home was visited by a SD County Sheriff's deputy. After taking care of the reason for his visit (no, we didn't do anything wrong), I happened to mention my air rifle. He commented that my yard would be a great target range and was curious about the rifle so I showed it to him. He actually took a couple shots with it into my large backyard. His comment was, "I gotta get me one of these!" He left as a big fan of my RAW PCP rifle. A few months later, ran into him at a nearby 7-11 with his female partner. Talked about the air rifle. He told her that he'd shot it and how much fun it was. She then reminded him that it was illegal to do that. (I think she was referring to shooting the air rifle although maybe she meant illegal to have fun...)

The moral of the story is that if you stay under the radar, don't cause problems and go about your business, I doubt that LE is going to care. Each of my neighbors has firearms and no love of coyotes. If someone shot a coyote, I doubt anyone here would even pick up the phone to report a gunshot, much less an air rifle.
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Old 06-14-2019, 1:18 PM
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I normally shoot airsoft from inside of the house to the back yard. Is about 75yard, it’s basically not sounds.
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I agree with Rivers, stay cool, be safe not reckless and you can probably do it daily if need be.

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I have a .25 Benjamin Trail XL Nitro Piston
Works well on the rodents dining on all my fruit bearing trees with Predator polymags.
It is a little on the loud side, just doesn't have the weird twang like traditional Springer's.

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look at fish game code 4152. i cant shoot targets in my back yard with a airgun but can legally dispatch a fox squirrel that is not considered a game animal without a license.
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Pigeons are a no go. Do you have hunting license?
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Where do you go to look up laws for airguns?
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Where do you go to look up laws for airguns?
Look at the city code or county code. Once you find that, do keyword searches for words like "discharge", "firearm", "projectile", "air rifle", etc.

I did some research for you and found the municipal code for Riverside County.

Most important is to READ EVERYTHING IN THE RELEVANT SECTIONS!


ORDINANCE NO. 502
(AS AMENDED THROUGH 502.1)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 502 RELATING TO USE AND DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS BY MINORS
The Board of Supervisors of the County of Riverside, State of California, do ordain as follows:
Section 1. The word "firearm" as used herein includes the following: cannon, gun, pistol, revolver, automatic pistol, rifle, shotgun, air gun, pellet gun and any other weapon designed to discharge one or more projectiles propelled by the expansion of gas.

Section 6. The provisions of this ordinance shall not apply to the following persons:
a. Any peace officer or member of the armed services while acting in the lawful
discharge of his duties;
b. Any person using a firearm in the lawful defense of himself, another person or property;
c. Any person discharging a firearm or causing a firearm to be discharged, under adult supervision, at an established firing, shooting or target range, a properly constructed indoor or outdoor home range on private property.
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