There's devoted. There's extreme. And there's utterly absurd. And the idea that the Second Amendment would in any way be infringed by a bill that would have allowed the Utah state forester to restrict target shooting in times and places where it would create a wildfire hazard is absurd, to say the least.
Such a bill SB120 was being put forward by two of the Legislature's more confirmed gun rights supporters, Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, and Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield. It would merely empower a state official with relevant jurisdiction and knowledge to tamp down the risk of the kind of wildfires that did so much damage and caused the state so much expense last summer.
Passage seemed likely last week. The measure won approval of two different Senate committees without a dissenting vote. It also had the backing of the Utah Farm Bureau, whose members are worried about damage to their property, as well as some of the same law enforcement officers who have pledged such fealty to the gun rights of Utahns as to threaten to arrest any federal agent who might be so bold as to seize any Utah citizen's firearm.