Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
Yep. I've shot in CA, MT, WY, ND, FL, VA, and GA and most gun ranges will put a stop to that nonsense really quick.
The only range like those described above I've encountered is a free outdoor range in the national forest near here. It's a complete shitshow. You go there one day and a bunch of people who annoy you are shooting off AKs and Mac-10s and drinking forties. You go there another day and some old white guy is screaming at you for any supposed breach of etiquette. You point your gun 10 degrees to the side and get "KEEP YOUR DAMN GUN POINTED DOWN RANGE!!!" It's a miracle no one's been killed out there. I haven't gone in years.
Many years ago, you could shoot anywhere in the Angeles National Forest here except in restricted areas, e.g., those that were too close to homes or campgrounds. Later, in the early '80s, they closed the forest to shooting (except for licensed hunting) and set up designated shooting areas. They proved to be, as you so aptly put it, a complete shitshow. People would haul up refrigerators and other trash to shoot up. They became the destination of choice for inner-city gangbangers to blaze away with their "pieces." I have the vague impression that one or two people were bumped off, but I'm not sure about that. I believe most if not all of them are now closed. No loss to me! I always shunned those places like the proverbial plague.
Prior to that, back in the '70s and early '80s, it was pleasant to roam to woods with my Smith Model 34 .22-.32 Kit Gun (or other .22s) popping away at pine cones or trying to hit chips of wood floating down a stream. And before anyone takes me to task, I was always careful about backstops and did not shoot into water at an angle that would cause ricochets.