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New target shooting restrictions aimed at cutting down on wildfires

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - In an effort to cut down on wildfires in Utah, Governor Herbert is taking aim at target shooters. The change to state law gives the Utah State Forester the power to put restrictions on target shooting on public lands.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - In an effort to cut down on wildfires in Utah, Governor Herbert is taking aim at target shooters.

The change to state law gives the Utah State Forester the power to put restrictions on target shooting on public lands.

Jason Curry, Spokesperson for Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands explained, "Utah state law, in order to protect second amendment rights, states that no agency or entity may restrict the use of firearms unless they have explicit permission from the state legislature."

Before this new law the permission was implied, now it's explicit. That means in order to enact a restriction a problem area has to be identified, and a sheriff's department has to place a request for a target area restriction.

"So at that point we would look at the area, look at the history, look at the types of causes we're experiencing there,” said Curry.

If a restriction is made, it will only last for two weeks after that it would have to be reviewed to see if it's safe to start shooting again.
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