WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will not restrict recreational shooting on public lands, reversing a draft policy that had caused an uproar among gun owners and hunters, especially in the West.
In a memo sent Wednesday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he would direct his agency to “take no further action to develop or implement” the draft policy, which would have restricted target shooting on some public lands near residential areas. Officials said they were trying to ensure public safety in rapidly growing areas of the West, where some residents have clashed with gun owners who use public lands for target practice.
Republican lawmakers and gun rights groups called the policy unnecessarily restrictive.
Salazar said the vast majority of land overseen by the Interior Department remains open to recreational shooting.