Reminder: Collin County only restricts firearm discharge on some rural lots

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Dove hunting season in Texas begins Sept. 1, and we thought it a good time to remind folks living in unincorporated subdivisions that it's legal to discharge firearms on private lots of more than 10 acres. 

Collin County Commissioners Court voted in 2005 to only restrict the discharge of firearms on lots that are 10 acres or smaller, in accordance with Local Government Code 235.022.

In short, a subdivision in an unincorporated area – partly or entirely in the county – is a tract of land outside the limits of a municipality that is divided into two or more parts and had to be platted.​ (If you need to know the exact definition of what makes up a subdivision in an unincorporated area, Local Government Code 232 gives all the details.)

A violation of the restriction is a Class C misdemeanor, but we also want residents to remember the 12-year-old ruling does not apply to every lot in rural subdivisions.

Regardless of where you live, please be safe.