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S.B. 120





Chief Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

House Sponsor: Curtis Oda

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides the state forester with the authority to restrict target shooting in areas
             10      where hazardous conditions exist.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    allows the state forester to restrict or prohibit target shooting in areas where
             14      hazardous conditions exist.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          65A-8-212, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 136
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 65A-8-212 is amended to read:
             25           65A-8-212. Power of state forester to close hazardous areas -- Violations of an
             26      order closing an area.
             27          (1) (a) If the state forester finds conditions in a given area in the state to be extremely

             28      hazardous, he shall close those areas to any forms of use by the public, or to limit that use.
             29          (b) The closure shall include the prohibition of open fires for the period of time he
             30      finds necessary.
             31          (c) The closure may include the restriction or prohibition of the use of firearms in
             32      target shooting.
             33          (2) Nothing in this chapter prohibits any resident within the area from full and free
             34      access to his home or property, or any legitimate use by the owner or lessee of the property.
             35          (3) The order or proclamation closing or limiting the use in the area shall set forth:
             36          (a) the exact area coming under the order;
             37          (b) the date when the order becomes effective; and
             38          (c) if advisable, the authority from whom permits for entry into the area may be
             39      obtained.
             40          (4) Any entry into or use of any area in violation of this section is a class B
             41      misdemeanor.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 10-11-12 10:24 AM

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