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Shooting range in Florida backyard irks neighbors

Police powerless to halt operation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A St. Petersburg man is under fire from neighbors after setting up a shooting range in his backyard.

Police say Joey Carannante is within his rights to set up the gun range in his yard, despite the  backlash.  However, what happens after he shoots could end up getting him in trouble. 

For example, if a bullet ricochets, it could be considered reckless and negligent under Florida law.

"The bottom line is that he has to fire first before we know if he does it in a reckless manner," said St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez.

Lawmakers say they are looking into whether the shooting range could violate city ordinance laws.

Meanwhile, the state attorney's office says its' ready to review the case if Carannante starts shooting.