2012 saw an unusually high number of wildfires, costing taxpayers several million dollars to eventually contain them all. While the fires were started for many different reasons, from lightning strikes to fireworks, target shooting was among those at fault.
In pro-gun Utah, target shooting is a time-honored tradition. But with the weather seeming to get warmer and warmer each summer, tracer ammunition and exploding targets can easily spell trouble in grass and shrubbery that has been dried out in 100 degree, humid-less heat.
SB 120, from Senator Margaret Dayton (Republican, Orem), seeks to limit the damage in future years. Current law gives power to the State Forester to prohibit open fires in areas of the state deemed hazardous during fire season, if necessary. Under SB 120, the State Forester will have the additional flexibility to ban target shooting during those times in those same areas.
Any bill that could even be perceived as regulating gun-use has problems passing through the Utah Legislature, so Senator Dayton has also included language in her bill clarifying that “Nothing in this chapter prohibits any resident within the area from full and free access to his home or property, or any legitimate use by the owner or lessee of the property.”
To contact Sen. Dayton, Click Here or call 801-221-0623
Impact on Average Utahn:
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Necessary 5 . 4 . 3 . 2 . 1 . 0 Unnecessary
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