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  • Supervisors ban sale, use of exploding targets

    Sep 06, 2017 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 to ban the sale and use of exploding targets at the Sept. 5 meeting. fire

    The Board asked the County Attorney’s Office to research the issue of exploding targets following the Sawmill Fire in April and May, when a target shooter using an exploding target set ablaze 46,000-acres of wilderness in the Santa Rita Mountains south of the Tucson metro area. Estimated costs to contain the fire were $5 million and caused the evacuation of hundreds of residents and livestock. 

    The County also consulted with a citizen member of the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association regarding the ordinance to ensure fairness to firearms owners and hobby target shooters. 

    The ordinance restricts the sale and use of exploding targets in unincorporated areas with some exceptions. Exceptions include use on private land in accordance with state laws and while no active fire restrictions are in place; at regulated outdoor shooting ranges; on public lands not under active fire restriction; and where existing laws do not prohibit use. 

    Violations of the ordinance will be a Class 1 Misdemeanor. 

    Read the text of the ordinance here

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