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How far does a hunter need to be from a home to discharge a firearm in New Hanover County?

John Peaspanen

Unlike with real estate, location doesn’t really matter.

According to Sgt. Jerry Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, “The county ordinance that addresses these situations doesn’t specify a distance. It is more related to the behavior of the individual.”

The section in reference (38-106 – Discharge of Firearms) states, “It is unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm or air gun or pistol — carelessly or heedlessly in wanton disregard for the safety of others; or without due caution or circumspection and in a manner so as to endanger any person or property and resulting in property damage or bodily injury.”

In other words, it’s not proximity of the firing of the bullet; it’s what that bullet may or may not hit as a result of poor judgment on the part of the shooter.

Think before you shoot. Violation of this regulation will result in a minimum $500 fine.


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