New Recretational Target Shooting Restrictions Beginning July 22

By G. T. Houts


San Bernardino CA – Recreational target shooting restrictions will go into effect — starting July 22, 2017 — throughout the San Bernardino National Forest.

After an increase in fire activity across the forest, and a heat wave in late June that has sped up the drying trends in moistures, along with the above average grass crops, this year, Fire Managers have decided to implement restrictions on recreational target shooting within the San Bernardino National Forest.

“Our number one priority is always the safety of our firefighters and the public we serve, which is why we have decided that restrictions are necessary at this time” said Dan O’Connor, the Fuels and Fire Prevention Officer of the San Bernardino National Forest.


The recreational target shooting restrictions, effective July 22, 2017 on all San Bernardino National Forest lands, are as follows:

  • Discharging a firearm is prohibited
    • Persons exempt from this restriction include:
      • Any federal, state or local officer, or member of an organized rescue, or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
      • Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission.
      • Persons engaged in lawful hunting are exempt from this prohibition.

Fire Management Officer Jaime Gamboa said that everyone can play a role in keeping our community safe. “The community and all forest users can help in the prevention of fires by being careful when using your public lands, and by remaining vigilant in reporting illegal and inappropriate behaviors within the forest and our community”


Violation of these prohibitions is subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $10,000, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both, as Class B misdemeanors under federal law. Persons may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they are found liable for causing a wildfire. Forest visitors are encouraged to ‘KNOW BEFORE YOU GO”  and call ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on location conditions and restrictions.