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Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:34 pm

I am having issues with an ex. Does anyone know the answer to this? Sorry, What is the legal age to take ones own child to an open shooting range?
Last edited by jampat13303 on Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: What is the legal age for taking ones own child to an op

Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:44 pm

open S what???

Re: What is the legal age for taking ones own child to an op

Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:44 pm

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.042

Re: What is the legal age for taking ones own child to an op

Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:47 pm

toys in the toybox wrote:open S what???


Lol!

cmica seems to know....

Anyway, welcome to the forum :thumbsup2:

Re: What is the legal age for taking ones own child to an op

Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:58 pm

But that aint it....... seven year olds can and have completed the hunter ed program and you know there are some seven year old competing. It depends on the maturity of the individual child.

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Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:55 am

:wagwoot:

Greetings and Welcome to WaGuns.

Where an EX is involved, sometimes communication with them will be necessary
to stay out of "hot water".

cootduster

Re: What is the legal age for taking ones own child to an op

Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:10 am

If it helps, I started taking my nieces and nephews target shooting when they were about five years old. Bought a couple of them 10/22's when they were 16.

Re: What is the legal age for taking ones own child to an op

Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:32 pm

cmica wrote:http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.042


That RCW only applies to those under 18 who are shooting by themselves. In this case the OP is clearly asking if there is an RCW age limit for him to take his kids to the range to shoot.
The answer is there is no specific age.

THOUGH, as a hunting Ed instructor. Most of the kids we have that are under 9 generally have issues with firearms handling. 1 they are to big to handle and control for these younger kids. (Not always but way more often than not)
2. Most kids under 10 and maybe even 12 don't have the maturity or the responsibility to take it seriously enough. (By no means is that a blanket statement. We have taught kids under that age who were safer and more knowledgeable than a bunch of the adults in the class!)
3. Keep it simple with kids AND NEVER load more than 1 round at a time.
4. Make sure only one kid is shooting at a time and if you are there with your kids make sure there is an adult available to watch the ones not shooting so you can dedicate your attention to the one who is. (Assuming there is more than one.)

As to the Ex. How about getting a third party to "teach" so its not you. Might smooth the waters a bit. I.e. officially someone else is there to direct the range time. Unofficially you are but we don't need to mention that! :wink05:

So haven't seen how old the kids are. What ages are we talking about here?
BTW if you haven't run them through a hunters Ed class do so. It's not that hard and the class can be great for teaching the basics. Might smooth the Ex's concerns as well.

Re: What is the legal age for taking ones own child to an op

Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:25 pm

Col_Temp wrote:
cmica wrote:http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.042


That RCW only applies to those under 18 who are shooting by themselves. In this case the OP is clearly asking if there is an RCW age limit for him to take his kids to the range to shoot.
The answer is there is no specific age.

THOUGH, as a hunting Ed instructor. Most of the kids we have that are under 9 generally have issues with firearms handling. 1 they are to big to handle and control for these younger kids. (Not always but way more often than not)
2. Most kids under 10 and maybe even 12 don't have the maturity or the responsibility to take it seriously enough. (By no means is that a blanket statement. We have taught kids under that age who were safer and more knowledgeable than a bunch of the adults in the class!)
3. Keep it simple with kids AND NEVER load more than 1 round at a time.
4. Make sure only one kid is shooting at a time and if you are there with your kids make sure there is an adult available to watch the ones not shooting so you can dedicate your attention to the one who is. (Assuming there is more than one.)

As to the Ex. How about getting a third party to "teach" so its not you. Might smooth the waters a bit. I.e. officially someone else is there to direct the range time. Unofficially you are but we don't need to mention that! :wink05:

So haven't seen how old the kids are. What ages are we talking about here?
BTW if you haven't run them through a hunters Ed class do so. It's not that hard and the class can be great for teaching the basics. Might smooth the Ex's concerns as well.


Solid advice right there

To the original question: There is no legal age limit

I've taken lots of kids shooting, or let them shoot while we were out on the farm doing other things

Re: What is the legal age for taking ones own child to an op

Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:34 pm

Son started shooting early, bb gun, pellet rifle and 22 pistol. Graduated to shooting my glock 23 when he was 5 years old.

Now he buys his own guns! :thumbsup2:

Re: What is the legal age for taking ones own child to an op

Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:44 pm

RocketScott wrote:
Col_Temp wrote:
cmica wrote:http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.042


That RCW only applies to those under 18 who are shooting by themselves. In this case the OP is clearly asking if there is an RCW age limit for him to take his kids to the range to shoot.
The answer is there is no specific age.

THOUGH, as a hunting Ed instructor. Most of the kids we have that are under 9 generally have issues with firearms handling. 1 they are to big to handle and control for these younger kids. (Not always but way more often than not)
2. Most kids under 10 and maybe even 12 don't have the maturity or the responsibility to take it seriously enough. (By no means is that a blanket statement. We have taught kids under that age who were safer and more knowledgeable than a bunch of the adults in the class!)
3. Keep it simple with kids AND NEVER load more than 1 round at a time.
4. Make sure only one kid is shooting at a time and if you are there with your kids make sure there is an adult available to watch the ones not shooting so you can dedicate your attention to the one who is. (Assuming there is more than one.)

As to the Ex. How about getting a third party to "teach" so its not you. Might smooth the waters a bit. I.e. officially someone else is there to direct the range time. Unofficially you are but we don't need to mention that! :wink05:

So haven't seen how old the kids are. What ages are we talking about here?
BTW if you haven't run them through a hunters Ed class do so. It's not that hard and the class can be great for teaching the basics. Might smooth the Ex's concerns as well.


Solid advice right there

To the original question: There is no legal age limit

I've taken lots of kids shooting, or let them shoot while we were out on the farm doing other things


I'd like to add that it's all about your parenting plan - as the one who unfortunately had to go through this, i recall it is up to the parent who has the custody at the time to engage in what activities.
as long as the activity is not illegal or extremely dangerous the custodial parent has the authority on what activity the child participates in
it's kind of like driving - if it's not prohibited by the (parenting plan) rules - it's allowed :thumbsup2:
if the ex has an issue with it - i'd strongly suggest to have her to bring it up in court and have her ass handed to her as shooting ranges are, by far, least dangerous place to be, less than driving down the road, less than being at the fair, etc...

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Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:56 pm

I want to say my son was about 5 when I first took him to an actual range to shoot. Probably the best range time I've ever had and I only took a few shots to site in my hunting rifle. The rest of the time was letting him shoot his grandpa's old .22 and teaching him how to do so.

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Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:17 pm

My kids all started shooting when they were 4 or 5 years old.
My grandson is seven he has been shooting since he was 4 years old. He shoots almost every weekend and shoots 22 rifle & handguns. He shoots 410 shotgun, watered down 38spl & 357mag, 222 Remington rifle, 223 Remington rifle and the 7.62x39 SKS.
He loads them shoots them and hits his target with them. I dont have to babysit him when we go shooting.
It all depends on the kids mental development and responsibility.
I trust my grandson more then most people I shoot with. Plus he is a better shot then they are.
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:28 pm

At the Range in Yakima the min age is 7 with parental supervision. Age is not an accurate predictor of ability to follow firearm safety rules. I've booted some teens who were not ready/mature enough to follow the rules. We start adults who are new to firearms with single-round only, not just kids.

Re: What is the legal age for taking ones own child to an op

Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:03 pm

Necro thread....:zombie: I wonder what happened with the OP, this was posted on April 14th and he last visited April 15th.
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