SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Governor Gary Herbert announced that he and legislative leaders would ask the state's forester to consider issuing a state-wide ban on firearm use in unincorporated areas of Utah in an effort to prevent more wildfires.
Herbert cautioned that the move should not be interpreted as any kind of infringement on Utahns Second Amendment rights, and that the ban would not call for any kind of ban on carrying weapons.
Herbert said he will turn it over to the state forester to find ways to enforce stricter rules on Utah lands.
Herbert said Utah's extremely dry conditions warranted the idea, since two recent major wildfires were sparked by people who were target shooting.
The Dump fire burned more than 5,500 acres between June 21 and June 25. On Sunday, another fire sparked by a target shooter began in the Millville Canyon area of Cache County. By MOnday, the Millville Canyon fire had burned more than 109 acres, although crews believed they would have it contained by late Monday.
Herbert met with House Speaker beck Lockhart and Senate President Michael Waddoups to consider whether a special session was necessary to address target shooting, but rather to explore whether or not the state forester has authority to issue a ban.
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