Warning: No Hunting within 100 Feet of Trail

Gun Safety in ActionWent for a wonderful hike over the weekend with a friend in a state park.  It’s a really nice park with well-maintained, well-used hiking trails.

And it was comforting to note that they take visitor safety seriously, as shown by this sign at the trail head:


Surely one hundred feet is a more than adequate safety margin for hunting around hikers.  After all, how far could a bullet possibly travel?

Well, that’s where there might be a problem.  A bullet fired from an average deer-hunting rifle, say a 30-06, has a maximum range of 5,675 yards–or 3.22 miles.

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Andrew Jay McClurg is a law professor whose teaching and research interests include tort law, products liability, legal education, privacy law and firearms policy. He holds the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
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