Complaints Bring Halt To NC Group's Turkey Shoots

The North Carolina American Legion is looking into a Currituck County chapter's regular turkey shoots after complaints by neighbors brought the fundraising activity to a halt.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports that the legion's Coinjock post has stopped the 30-year tradition. Its commander, John Jasinski, was cited by the Currituck County Sheriff's Office for unlawful discharge of a firearm this month.

The sheriff's office says neighbors complained about the noise from a turkey shoot held by a motorcycle club on the post's property earlier this month.

The Coinjock post normally holds turkey shoots every Saturday from October to April. But the motorcycle club shoot was on a Sunday, which helped prompt the complaints.

Jasinski says he believes the event is exempt from the regulation banning Sunday shoots.


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  • by Veteran Location: Currituck on Feb 5, 2012 at 01:22 AM
    U all want the whole story..the turkey shoot lasts all of 2hrs on saturdays and the sunday shoot was after 2pm (which have happened before) to raise monies for the local hope line, these turkey shoots have been going on for almost 40yrs...as for the "outdoor parties" -- these are membership roundups held 3 times a yr and normally run from 1-5 -- this is about neighbors who have issues with the American Legion Riders motorcycle charter at the post, check out everything the Legion Riders have done for this community and then think about the people they have helped who would be without it if they werent around
  • by tired of it on Dec 27, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    all those points may be mute, as i am fairly certain it is unlawfull to have alchohol sales and the discharge of firearms on same property
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      by Native on Dec 28, 2011 at 06:13 AM in reply to tired of it
      Chapter and verse please.
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        by Whomever on Dec 28, 2011 at 01:56 PM in reply to Native
        You seem to have a computer.Go to Ask.com and ask the question "Can you sell alcohol and shoot firearms on the same premises in North Carolina" Check out NC gun Laws pg 2. Cannot have alcohol sales and guns on the same premises in NC...Just sayin'.
  • by wonder Location: eastern nc on Dec 27, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    was this a group that rented the building. what has happened does not sound or look like a caring group as the american legion is. has anybody contacted the legion before filing a complaint.Ill bet most members of that club live in the area, stop verbal bashing and try talking to the ones incharge like legion officers of that club. don,t down bible totters freedom of religion is what made this county great,and running from it will bring it down god bless and love thy neighbor talk to the legion not the world to resolve the issue first.
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Dec 27, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    if I read the article right, the issue here is that the event was held on a Sunday, not on Saturday like it has been for the past 30 years. That being the case, I can understand why the neighborhood in question may have a resonable complaint. So far as the Saturday event is concerned, they knew this was going on in the first place and it's a little late to start whining about it now.
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Dec 27, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    I apologize. This was intended more to be about the middle east than you.
  • by Tyee Location: Italy on Dec 26, 2011 at 08:00 PM
    Have a perfect solution. Send the ones who do not like shooting to the middle east, give them a good home and have them announce, "No more shooting or I will call the law".
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      by Coinjock on Dec 27, 2011 at 05:05 AM in reply to Tyee
      How hateful you people are. I'm not going to the Middle East, I have a home, and I will continue to protect it and my right to peace in my home. Again, I do not care what you think, because you are not dealing with this in your yard. I never knew the place I have lived and loved all my life was so full of hate mongers. You all act as if this affects you in any way shape or form, you should ALL be ashamed of yourselves, you are supposed to love your neighbor. You have no idea of what we've been dealing with here in our homes and yards, you have no right to comment about something you know nothing about. How quick you are to cut someone else, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:19 AM in reply to Tyee
      Or maybe these idiots can find another day to shoot on?
  • by Coinjock Location: Coinjock on Dec 26, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    This is not just a Turkey shoot problem. I am not from the North, I live here. This is a problem with noise in general.. in a neighborhood with families. Alcohol and guns, loud motorcycles, outdoor parties with loud PA systems,things that shouldn't be happening in folks's front yards.Don't care how long it has been going on, when people cannot go out in their own yards because of noise from folks who do not even live in the neighborhood, I believe that is an infringement on the rights of the people who own homes in that neighborhood.It has gotten worse and worse, this isn't one person and their complaint, it is a neighborhood trying to get back their peace and their right to peace in their own yards. These functions ie:gun shooting, drinking, outdoor parties,with loud motorcycles should not be held in a neighborhood. Simple as that. And I LIVE here,so I absolutely know what I'm talking about. Take it out in the middle of no-where, not in my yard. Better yet, how about your yard?
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      by Mike on Dec 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM in reply to Coinjock
      ... wondering if "Coinjock" has lived here 30 years... People move into a house in the flight path of a Naval Air Station and then complain about the noise... get REAL. You should be over there shooting with them.
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        by Coinjock on Dec 26, 2011 at 11:58 AM in reply to Mike
        Mike, I've lived here in this home 20 years,lived here in Currituck my entire life. You do not live here, you do not know what you are talking about. As for the invitation to join them, no thanks. The point is, this is where I live and others who feel the exact same way as I ....and it doesn't matter what you think...you don't have to live with it.
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          by Respectfully on Dec 27, 2011 at 07:03 AM in reply to Coinjock
          Coinjock, since you appear to be close to the situation, can you explain more about the neighborhood's side of the story? What has changed in the past 20 years that made this particular event different? Is the noise of the gun firing louder than over the past 19 years? Are there too many motorcycles driving down your street? Are the outdoor parties extending past a town noise curfew? Is there a problem with public intoxication? As I read the story it sounds like a neighborhood is trying to 'destroy a 30 year tradition of fundraising at the American Legion because of a turkey shoot making too much noise' (my words). What is the other side of the story? Thanks.
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Dec 26, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    What is the big deal in a turkey shoot? Not even the dam turkey gets shot. A little bit of noise,who should care they were not hurting anything.A turkey shoot is a lot better than what goes down in a lot of towns in eastern NC on Saturday night.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 at 12:48 PM in reply to me
      I bet 20yrs ago this was in country, now all these houses shot up everywhere. Maybe it's time to move the turkey shot back out in the country. What some people think is noise others think it's music to there ears. Just something to think about.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 05:10 AM in reply to
        Thank you for being the only person with any sense of being decent to reply to this.People are so quick to gang up against, it's truly sad, and upsetting to have people be so mean and so violent over something that does not affect them.I just want some peace and quiet in my own yard, that's all. Take the loud outdoor activities somewhere else.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Dec 26, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    It really doesn't clarify if it was - the mororcycle club, the morocycle noise, the people that were attending, or having to hear a gun fire at a turkey shoot......... It seems to be more of a personality conflict than a shotgun shooting at a target ---- One post said it was very close to a church. I doubt they were firing during Sunday Morning Services......
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 26, 2011 at 05:17 AM in reply to Shine
      Bottomline, get those dirtbags outta my backyard and back to their poolroom where they belong. Filthy unbathed selves.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:03 AM in reply to Petey Pirate
        Snobby much Petey?
  • by MIKE Location: martin county on Dec 25, 2011 at 08:46 PM
    Send the Yankees back up north.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:22 AM in reply to MIKE
      Or maybe if the trailer-trash doesn't like the 'yankees' they can move? Sorry, they don't own the area, they're free to move if they don't like the law.
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