posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 02:21 PM
Big Ego Brad says: "Screw 'em, it's your land, shoot it when YOU need it!"...Ok, lame JG Wentworth joke over...lol
Big Brain Brad says: " Screw 'em, shoot your guns as you normally would all legal like and all. Maybe put up a sign on your driveway or from
whatever direction the cops would normally get to you if they were called that says something like "Caution (or Danger) Live Fire Target Practice in
Progress" or something. That way, when the cops come they'll get the heads up that you may not hear them due to hearing protection and they
probably wont be as startled if you start shooting as they're walking up to you. If anyone asks about the sign say it's so your roommates know
you're back there shooting when they come home or something. Also, call the cops before you start shooting as a heads up and tell them that since
they've been called before by your neighbor you decided to give them a heads up that he'll probably be calling them soon...lol
Then, if the cops are called on you for shooting (legally) again, when they get there and confirm that they are wasting their time because you are
legally doing what you are legally entitled to be doing...legally, then ask them if they would escort you to your neighbor's home and explain to him
that you are operating a firearm on YOUR private property which is within all legal parameters and if it IS an offense to call the police without
cause they should tell him that too. By doing it this way, you'll know exactly what the police said and he can say whatever stupid line he needs to
get off his chest at you while you have back up and everything will be in (or is supposed to be put in) the officer's call report. Plus, depending on
how they park their unit when you go there everything should be on videotape from the dash cam (if the local cops have them) and even if its not
caught on screen the audio should still be picked up. All that with the police eyewitness testimony would go a long way if you ever do have to go to
court. Plus this way, it's the cops making the approach to your neighbor. If you go over unannounced and alone then it may seem (and they could
claim) that YOU are trying to escalate the situation (trust me, shyster lawyers will argue that 'til they're blue in the face...)
Also, I would ask the officer's when they respond if you can get a copy of their report, they should give you a "receipt" with the call number of
the report and you can request a copy within a week or so (depending on their schedule for writing and filing their duty call reports.) I would also
take a trip to the local annex or police station and ask for copies of any records of police calls concerning your property address.
I agree with your Dad, get cameras...lol If it's not too cost prohibitive I would actually do that too. At least two. One looking up your driveway
from your house in case the neighbor decides to race down for another "chat" and one looking at your "shooting range" showing both the shooter and
what you're shooting at to prove that you're not shooting at his house or unsafely in anyway.
If you can, ask the rest of your (cool) neighbors if they've ever had issues with your (not cool) neighbor. If they have, ask them what kind of
issues. If it seems like he's been messing with them too then ask them if they would be willing to write a statement explaining their stories. That
way if you ever do have to go to court because of this fool it may not be presentable as evidence but it gives the lawyers (especially YOUR attorney)
a good point to argue about bringing them in as character witnesses and if you're not in front of a jury, just a judge, he may take them (the
letters) into evidence for his own background on the case.
Lastly, (for now), if your neighbor does decide to take you to court, file a counter-suit requesting a restraining order for him, his wife and his son
(since HE threatened YOU with his SON). That way it looks like YOU aren't trying to start any trouble because you never asked for a restraining order
before but since he's harassing you enough to take you to court you'd like some protection (in case he gets irate at losing...lol just don't tell
the judge that's why you want it...lol) But, if he does come screaming down your driveway to confront you again by all means tell him you're calling
the law and then when they arrive press charges on him (harassment, trespassing and assault) and then file for a restraining order immediately.
Obviously the guy's off his rocker but that doesn't mean YOU need to play all nicey-nice and try and be overly accommodating. Keep on doing what
you're doing (within the law) and be yourself. No need to go all Rambo/vengeance is mine!...lol but you don't need to be a sissy about it either!
(I'm not calling you a sissy, I'm just making a point...lol)
Keep us updated as to how this all unfolds.