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Old July 14th, 2004, 12:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Is it illegal to play paintball in public woods?

Where i live is like suburban rural with basically a ****load of woods in certain areas, but all those woods are always called parks. I was just curious if anyone here has played paintball in similar woods and whether they ever got in trouble? Is it illegal anyway?
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Old July 14th, 2004, 12:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Call the police department in your area and ask. That is the best way to find out what the ordinances and laws are in your area.



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Old July 14th, 2004, 12:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Where you live? In quincy, its illeagal, or so my parents say. I shoud really clal the police and hear it for myself sometime. Best thing you can do is check with the 5-0.
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Old July 14th, 2004, 01:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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the park is right up the street from me n we play there all the time...we have been caught once n the cop said just to stay off the main trails n be cautious for people.....i guess it all depends if u get caught n if u do u better hope the cop is in a good mood
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Old July 14th, 2004, 01:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Public parks are illegal. Best to find a friend that has good amount of woods and get him interested. You're fine as long as you’re on privately owned land, and the owner allows you to play.

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Old July 14th, 2004, 01:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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It depens on the city and if you are going to call the 5-0 get your parent to call also sometime you get different answers.
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Old July 14th, 2004, 01:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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hey alpha its not illegal to play at the quarries depending on which one you go to.ill challenge one of these days when i get the rest of my stuff together.
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Old July 14th, 2004, 02:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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well it is illegel to shot a "firearm" with in city limits (bb guns count too) but it was disscussed if a paintball marker is REALLY a gun or not?

so you figure it out, best bet is to contact the police in your area
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Old July 14th, 2004, 03:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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guy said this before, it's really your best bet to find some private land, that you can play on.
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Old July 14th, 2004, 03:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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the areas wouldnt be zoned for it.. so ya, illegal.. at least thats the way it is around here.. no one cares thouhg.. as long as we clean up
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It's only Illegal if you get caught

besides even if you do, and the police come, the worst they're gonna do is tell you to go away. As long as you havn't destroyed any property or shot any pedestrians, the cops know kids are just being kids.
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We called the popo, and they were fine with us when we played woods. So I say call up the 5-0 and you'll be fine.
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We asked our local field if it was ok to play games on our own land when we had extra paint. They said it was fine, the only rules against it in our area are you can't ride with your marker connected to a c02 tank.
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we play anywhere, as i say "if you dont get caught, did you really do it?"
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It's only Illegal if you get caught

besides even if you do, and the police come, the worst they're gonna do is tell you to go away. As long as you havn't destroyed any property or shot any pedestrians, the cops know kids are just being kids.
the police can confiscate your marker and write you a disorderly conduct ticket. If they rally want to get nasty about it they can nail you for littering for each and every paintball you leave behind.
No to mention tresspassing, causing damage, vandalism, and a whole host of other nasty little misdemanor charges.

All of which will lead to fines and community service time as well as the possibilty that you loose your markers.

Its better off just to call and find out. You may find out that they are actually cool about it.



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Old July 16th, 2004, 01:28 PM   #16 (permalink)
 
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I was told by the local paint-ball pro shop that

A> The paint mess can be considered vandalism, and
B> if you hit someone who isn't playing, it can be considered assault.

Other than that, you're ok.
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Old July 16th, 2004, 02:27 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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well,me and my friends play in the woods behind his house.if you walk to the far far end,theres like a big swamp,and across that is the soccer field for the park.

so we just stay in his woods,since we were little we played back there,and never saw anyone else back there.

the worst thing that happened when we were next to his back fence some lady came over and asked if you could stop yelling bad words so loud
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the police can confiscate your marker and write you a disorderly conduct ticket. If they rally want to get nasty about it they can nail you for littering for each and every paintball you leave behind.
No to mention tresspassing, causing damage, vandalism, and a whole host of other nasty little misdemanor charges.

All of which will lead to fines and community service time as well as the possibilty that you loose your markers.

Its better off just to call and find out. You may find out that they are actually cool about it.
like I said before, this is all possible, but most likely the cops arent going to go through and make all those charges (and I doubt you can get pinned for tresspassing on public property). The only time a cop is going to do this is if he's pissed off. If you're respectful and play the innocent and dumb card, 99 out of 100 times they're gonna let you off the hook. As long as you dont give them any lip, or give them a reason to be upset (like say shooting a pedestrian) None of this is going to happen. Stop smoking so much pot, you're paranoid.
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Old July 17th, 2004, 03:45 AM   #19 (permalink)
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i would assume its illegal.
so unless you wanna risk your gun and a ride home in luxury...
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like I said before, this is all possible, but most likely the cops arent going to go through and make all those charges (and I doubt you can get pinned for tresspassing on public property). The only time a cop is going to do this is if he's pissed off. If you're respectful and play the innocent and dumb card, 99 out of 100 times they're gonna let you off the hook. As long as you dont give them any lip, or give them a reason to be upset (like say shooting a pedestrian) None of this is going to happen. Stop smoking so much pot, you're paranoid.
Wrong my friend.

First off, cops are coming down very hard on outlaw ballers now, since all the jerks we have now that go around shooting houses and cars, and people on the street. Paintball is illegal if it's not played in the right areas. (ex: Private land, paintball fields) Cops will take your gear away, you can get it back, but it's a pain in the butt.

Second, don't make personal comments about other users on here, especially a respected one like Dean. I will not have flaming in any sections that i Mod, is this understood? Good, glad we could have this little chat.

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Old July 17th, 2004, 07:47 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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there is this park about 100 metres down the road from my house, it is a baseball field and playground, surrounded by perfect woods for woodsball. and the only time we can play their is crappy night games, or in the spring when the snow is still melting, we try to go un the summer, but we only can when there are no children or baseball players, so just play in places whn nobody will be there to bother you, and hope it rains over night.
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Old July 17th, 2004, 03:51 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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anywho, i wouldnt play on public property
a couple of my friends and i were playing airsoft in some woods and i guess someone called the cops because people like to complain
all of our guns are painted orange just for this reason, in case we get in trouble. and despite the ENTIRE gun being orange, the 3 cops actually pulled their guns on us. they were hella pissed when they saw that we were playing airsoft and threatened us in all these different ways. i told my unlce, a lawyer, that they drew their guns on us and he threatened to press charges for unnecessary force. they jus left us alone then. just thought id share my pig expirience that was somewhat related
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I wouldnt attemt to play in public property
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Old July 17th, 2004, 08:10 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I play in a no trespassing area but i play there anyways and never been caught. I also play in this other wooded area. But the 2nd place is over 300 yards from the nearest house so we haven't been caught. It's illegal to do discharge "fire-arms" in aurora. SO as long as you dont get caught, HAVE FUN!
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