...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.
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!
...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...
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
(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
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.