A draft of new policy is coming out of the Obama White House and the Interior's Bureau of Land Management which may bar shooters from public lands.
This article by US News spells it out:
Over five pages, the draft BLM regulations raise concerns about how shooting can cause a "public disturbance." They also raise worries about how shooting and shooters can hurt plants and litter public lands.Mind you - gunowners have traditionally/historically been able to use public lands for target practice.
This is the key paragraph foes say could lead to shooters being kicked off public lands:
"When the authorized officer determines that a site or area on BLM-managed lands used on a regular basis for recreational shooting is creating public disturbance, or is creating risk to other persons on public lands; is contributing to the defacement, removal or destruction of natural features, native plants, cultural resources, historic structures or government and/or private property; is facilitating or creating a condition of littering, refuse accumulation and abandoned personal property is violating existing use restrictions, closure and restriction orders, or supplementary rules notices, and reasonable attempts to reduce or eliminate the violations by the BLM have been unsuccessful, the authorized officer will close the affected area to recreational shooting."
The Enviro-Nazis are working to change all that in the name of "public safety".
Squeezing out shooters, says the draft policy, is needed because, "As the West has become more populated, recreational shooters now often find themselves in conflict with other public lands users, and the BLM is frequently called on to mediate these conflicts."Of course no one has ever drowned while rafting or fallen off a cliff while rock climbing on public lands... and so we should not ban those activities, or similar activities. (note sarcasm)
This seems to me to be all part of the infamous and nefarious Agenda 21 and the erosion of 2nd amendment rights.
Sportsman and Gun groups are already waging a fight... and this is one to keep a close eye on.