Some call it a loophole, others a permissive policy, but according to Florida Statute 790.15, one can discharge a firearm in a residential area so long as the pathway of the projectile does not cross any paved public road, highway, street or any occupied premises. In other words, one can set up one’s own private shooting range in one’s yard.
Obviously, this raises the question: just because you can put a gun range in your backyard, should you?
That’s probably the question one should direct at Joey Carannante, a St. Petersburg resident who recently constructed a range in his front yard in the Lakewood Estates neighborhood. Needless to say, Carannante has the neighborhood in quite a tizzy.
“I don’t know if this idiot is gonna start popping off rounds,” neighbor Patrick Leary told WFLA. “You heard him say, ‘Oh, I’ll tell the neighbors when I’m getting ready to fire,’ — what, then we call gather our children and then we hide in a safe room or something ridiculous? Come on.”
County Commissioner Ken Welch, also a neighbor of Carannante, added, “Even to the most pro-gun person to have a gun range in the middle of a residential neighborhood makes no sense whatsoever. So I’m hoping we can get to some common ground and some common sense.”
Well, what are your thoughts on this situation? Is Carannante acting like a fool? Does Florida need to rewrite the law?