Ask Joe: Target Shooting Near School

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 1/11/2013 10:30 pm

 From the Ask Joe File one of our producers here at News 4 has a question about a case earlier this week involving a man target shooting near Fernley High School.  The man was not arrested or charged with any crime.
Madison Corney wants to know how close to a school are you allowed to be if you have a gun ?

Its interesting.  I checked with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office and also Kent Jones, the principal at Fernley High School.
  There is no law stating you have to remain a certain distance away from a school if you have a gun or are target shooting.   The law simply says you can't go on school grounds with a gun and Kent Jones says the Safe Schools Act spells it out the same way, that guns are not allowed -on- campus.
  Jones says in the case of the target shooter this week, he was within a half mile of the school walking out to the desert to do some target shooting.  A motorist passing by saw the man armed with a gun near the school and called authorities.  The  man was cooperative, and again, technically he was not breaking any law because he was near campus but not on school grounds.

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