What can be done about the discharge of weapons on both neighboring property as well as your own?

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What can be done about the discharge of weapons on both neighboring property as well as your own?

I live on 20 acres Around our property are some smaller sections of land, some with houses, some with farms and some with nothing at all. From our property, it is easy to see other houses through the trees. That being said, the other day, a family that owns a cleared 2.5 acre lot, came out and began shooting a new pistol/firearm with no warning at all. Once my father in law caught them on our land shooting, we told them to be careful of our horse pastures, as well as the close proximity of everything. They then resumed shooting, however, bullets began to ricochet and were whizzing by my father in law. He yelled and they stopped. Is there anything we can do to stop this from happening?

Asked on December 28, 2014 under Criminal Law, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

One possibility is to contact your town police department and/or municipal clerk to see if discharging firearms on property adjacent to your property, so that the bullets enter your propery, violates any municipal ordinances and, if so, to bring a municipal complaint.

Whenever they are on your property, you can file a criminal complaint against them for trespassing.

You could also speak with an attorney about bringing a "nuisance" lawsuit against them, seeking an injunction, or court order, prohibitin them from doing this. A "nuisance" is an act committed on property that is inconsistent with the normal uses of the property and which unreasonably disturbs neighbors.


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