SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker is moving forward with legislation to combat wildfires, including a bill that drew opposition from gun enthusiasts because it allows the state forester to restrict target shooting.
Sen. Margaret Dayton sponsored legislation that would give the state forester authority to temporarily restrict target shooting on lands threatened by wildfires.
But after opposition from some in the gun community, the Orem Republican put her bill on hold, saying she wanted to meet with critics and find a common ground.
Dayton will introduce an amendment to her proposal on Thursday, along with additional legislation to fight wildfires.
Target shooters started more than 20 wildfires in Utah last year, including a 5,507-acre fire near Saratoga Springs in June that caused thousands to flee homes and cost $2.1 million to battle.