US Forest Service bans exploding targets in four states

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Posted May 22, 2014 by muzzlevelocity in News and Legislative Updates

Citing wildfire danger, the US Forest Service has banned the use of exploding targets on National Forest lands in northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and parts of South Dakota.

According to a May 20 Associated Press article, exploding targets the past two years have started at least 16 wildfires in Western states that cost $33 million to fight.

“Exploding targets pose a very real safety threat to visitors and our employees,” U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a statement.

According to the article, gun shop owners in the region were largely unconcerned about the impact the ban would have on their businesses.


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