Joseph Carannate is a 21-year- old gun enthusiast from St. Petersburg, Florida. Playing with his toys in the privacy of his backyard is apparently not satisfactory for him, so, to feed his exhibitionist tendencies, Carannate has decided to build a shooting range in his front yard. As insane as that sounds, this is worse: he has the right to do so under Florida law.
Carannate lives in a neighborhood known as Lakewood Estates. It is a neighborhood where you are likely to find children “climbing trees and playing on swing sets,” according to WFLA. Carannate built his homemade gun range out of old pallets from UPS, and dirt, and it is located across the street from a family with four children. He says:
I don’t want to hurt myself or any neighbors. I don’t want to hurt anybody. I just want to use this as my enjoyment. I don’t want to have to go to a gun range, when I can just go outside my door.
Carannate says he’ll let his neighbors know when he plans to fire his weapon, which he says he intends to do every other weekend. His neighbor, Patrick Leary, says:
You heard him say, I’ll tell the neighbors when I’m getting ready to fire. What, do we gather our children and hide? Ridiculous. C’mon.
What Carannate is doing is legal.
Police have paid a visit to Carannate, but they say that he has the right to do what he is doing. Florida law prohibits recklessly and negligently firing a gun outside. When police arrived to check out what was happening, Carannate was not firing his gun, so they could not charge him with being reckless.
Police public information officer Mike Puetz tells the New York Daily News:
They came to the conclusion that, based on the circumstances, he’s doing nothing in violation of the law. Some folks say (the home range) is negligent itself, but that’s not what the law says.
Puetz says basically that Carannate would have to kill or injure someone before the police could do anything. He says:
“It’s like if you said, ‘Look, I’m planning to drive drunk someday.’ Do you arrest someone on that basis? The act has to take place.”
Neighbors are outraged, and they have even gone to Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, who lives in the neighborhood. Welch says he has contacted police and the city attorney about the issue. But, thanks to Florida’s idiotic gun laws, it appears that there is little that anyone can do, until Carannate kills or injures someone.
How ridiculous is it, that one ammosexual can hold a whole neighborhood hostage, just because he doesn’t want to go to a gun range?
Here’s a report, from WFLA:
Image via screen capture from WFLA