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Letter: BLM trying to limit our rights

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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2011 7:00 pm

A Bureau of Land Management memo describing outdoor marksmanship on public land as "dangerous" is an apparent part of the effort to close 1.4 million acres of public land to firearms enthusiasts and others. The swath of now public land runs from the Mexican border to out past Gila Bend. The following provision is found in Section (the BLM's "Preferred Alternative E") of a proposed Resource Management Plan for this area: "A diversity of recreational opportunities would be provided, with increased non-motorized recreation. Certain uses, such as recreational target shooting, paintball, and wood collecting for campfires likely to cause resource damage, would not be allowed."

This provision of the proposed Resource Management Plan is a clear violation of the well-established rights of citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights and to use public land for recreational purposes. Little to no evidence of historical resource damage or incidents involving public safety have been presented, because there are none to be found. There are sufficient existing laws related to the use of firearms - both state and federal - that require personal responsibility and best safety practices to be utilized by individuals exercising their rights to a widespread and well-established practice of recreational target shooting on public lands in the State of Arizona.

This is a tyrannical, administrative end-run around both the people's Constitutional rights and long-established practice.

Robert Cooper


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