Resurrected after early opposition by gun enthusiasts had appeared to kill it, a bill to allow the state forester to close down land to target-shooters during periods of extremely hazardous fire conditions won final passage Friday.
The Senate voted 15-0 in favor of SB120 after it had been amended by the House, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
"Some bills get more attention than they deserve, and this is one of those bills," said Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, sponsor of the bill. She pushed it after a difficult season of wildfires in 2012 with 33 directly attributed to shooting firearms. The state spent more than $16 million to extinguish the fires.