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Fat Finger
I call GPD on this question...

...Is it permissible to use my handgun on private property to practice target shooting?


I made several calls over several days, and received several answers!

Answer #1  -  Yes, you can use your firearm but not within 50' of a building.

Answer #2  -  Yes, but not closer that 50-yards of an occupied structure.

Answer #3  - No, you can only do target shooting in a designated area like a shooting gallery.

Answer #4  -  You can try, and if don't get arrested, you should be okay.  

Answer #5  -  Call the AG's office.  NOTE:  Answer pending.  I hope they call me back.

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Does anyone know for sure?  Would someone please point me to a web page, Guam law, anything in writing that may definitively answer this question instead of giving me an opinion?  Thanks!
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Shooting on private property...

Fat Finger
...well, I haven't received a callback from the Office of the Attorney General.  I've asked several people about this and received all sorts of answers and opinions, but not one was followed up with a reference document that I could obtain.

So I decided to call GPD again, and this time spoke with Officer John Lizama at the Hagatna precinct.  Officer Lizama explained the restrictions to me AND offered a reference document.  Can't beat that!

Yesterday evening, I received the document info and it is...

9 Guam Code Annotated    Crimes and Corrections
Chapter 70   Miscellaneous Crimes

Check out Section 70.43...although the entire document is quite an interesting read.  Check it out...

www.guamcourts.org/compileroflaws/GCA/09gca/9gc070.PDF

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If you have additional info, please pass it along.
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travis@guamfirearms
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Thanks for the info!! Unfortunately I was not directed to a proper webpage when I entered the web address from your post

www.guamcourts.org/compileroflaws/GCA/09gca/9gc070.PDF

I am very interested in what it says. If you can, re-post it with the hyper link and we will get it added to the main regulations section with the information highlighted!!

Again, awesome information!! this is what this website is all about!!
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Fat Finger
Hi.  There may be something that's preventing the PDF file from downloading.  What should happen is that a copy of the "9 GCA Crimes and Corrections" PDF should download and open on your computer or phone.  The second link I posted is the reference document, Bill No. 346, passed 14-April, 1982 and became Public Law 16-79.

The pertinent section is Section 70.43 (labeled "SAME" after Section 70.42 Discharge of Firearms) which states...


"§ 70.42. Discharge of Firearms.

A person commits a misdemeanor who willfully discharges a firearm:

(a) At any occupied dwelling, building or other structure;

(b)  At  any  utility  pole  or  light  fixture,  or  line  or  device  for
transmittal of power or communications of any kind

(c) At any sign, signboard or notice placed upon oraffixed to any
property belonging to the government of the territory;

(d) Into the air.

(e) Any individual found to commit a misdemeanor within the
provisions of this section shall be assessed a fine of no less than $500
and  no  more  than  $1,000  per  offense,  the  firearm  used  shall  be
confiscated and its registration certificate, and all rights thereunder,
shall be suspended for one (1) year. Any individual so convicted who
has  legal  possession  of  more  than  one  firearm  shall have  only  the
firearm  used  in  the  commission  of  the  crime  confiscated  and  its
registration suspended.

(f) Any firearm so confiscated shall not be sold or transferred to
another prior to completion of the sentence imposed.

(g) No individual found guilty under the provisions of this section
shall purchase any other firearm during the duration of the suspension
of his or her firearm's registration card.

§ 70.43. Same

A person commits a misdemeanor who willfully discharges a firearm
within fifty (50) yards of any occupied dwelling, building or other structure
without the prior consent of the owner thereof or his agent or of the person in
lawful possession thereof, with the exception of the discharge of firearms at
a  properly  constructed  shooting  range  approved  by  the  Director  of  the
Department of Public Safety or by a peace officer in pursuit of his duty as a
peace officer.



I have copies of both PDF files so I can email them to you.

By the way, neither document mentions anything about being aware of just how far a bullet will travel before falling to the ground.  But that's another story.