Originally Posted by INCONCEIVABLEPB
In most states, a paintball marker IS considered a firearm if used outside a regularly sanctioned/ designated area, which is regulated and adheres to insurance and safety policies. does your friends father who lets you use the land know that if someone gets hurt, he gets arrested for criminal negligence, and ignorance is no excuse for the law?
For the record, a paintball marker IS considered a "Less Lethal Firearm" and has been since law enforcement agencies started using them for riot control, and sieges where hostages are involved. Face it, what you were doing while not trespassing, was dangerous and illegal. From the sounds of it the first two officers were less informed of the statutes, and the third younger officer (who probably learned the new ordinances since we came out of training more recently then the others) was more aware of the hazards assoicated with "outlaw paintball"
Be safe, become a certified ref, get a business licence, and lease the land for the guy, or approach him about profit sharing and open a field, LEGALLY.
Incorrect. In most states paintball guns are not considered firearms but are classed with air rifles and other projectile launching devices (bow & arrow, slingshot, etc).
The definition of firearm includes combustion; paintball guns do not use combustion to fire.
Note that state and local laws may class firearms and paintball guns separately, but may still treat them in the same manner for all but special cases.
If you want to be sure, you need to actually read the state laws, county laws and local ordinances that apply to your case, since the application of the law is local. (If you are driving on the 'wrong side of the road' in England, no problem; here in the states - reckless driving ticket.)