SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill giving state forestry officials the ability to limit or restrict target shooting during fire season in areas with a high potential for fire, has been approved by the Senate and now advances to the House.
SB 120, sponsored by Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, gives the state forester the ability to close public lands to target shooters when hazardous conditions exist. After running into opposition, the bill was amended to include county sheriffs in the decision-making process involved in closing public lands to target shooting. Under the measure, once a ban is enacted, the forestry officials and local law enforcement in the affected area will review the closure status every 14 days.
Target shooters have been linked to several key fires in the state in the past nine months.