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Are there any legal problems that can arise for firing a legal rifle at non living targets in my backyard?
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I mean assuming I make no out of box modifications to a rifle, it should be legal correct?
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There may be specific city ordinances restricting you from doing this.
There are state laws called reckless endangerment which reads: "A person who recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person commits reckless endangerment, which is a class 3 misdemeanor." Basically (even without causing injury) if you act in a way, for example firing in the direction of someone without eye protection, you have now broken this law.
If you point an airsoft gun at someone, even if it has an orange tip... If they perceive it as a deadly weapon, it is called Menacing.
Menacing statute reads:
(1) A person commits the crime of menacing if, by any threat or physical action, he or she knowingly
places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Menacing is a class
3 misdemeanor, but, it is a class 5 felony if committed:
(a) By the use of a deadly weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to
reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon; or
(b) By the person representing verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon.
I fire mine in my back yard (Broomfield). But my neighbors are also aware, and are used to unusual things happening in my backyard. They always call me first if they have a question about something going on.
It wouldn't hurt to let them know what you are doing to prevent any panic.
Boulder Airsoft also has answers to other commonly asked legal questions at: https://sites.google.com/a/boulderairsoft.com/public/home/co-law