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Target practice rules clarified

by Merrie Leininger

People are allowed to target practice on the U.S. Forest Service land known as the sand pits, but the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Forest Service are reminding people to be mindful of the law and the residents adjoining the area.

The Record-Courier erroneously printed in the May 3 issue that the whole sand pit area was restricted from any shooting.

DCSO Deputy Misty Dee explained that signs were posted two weeks ago explaining that the law restricts shooting with rifles or handguns 1,500 feet from any occupied dwelling and 500 feet with a shotgun.

“I think a lot of people didn’t know what the rules are,” Dee said.

She worked with Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, Scarselli Elementary School, the forestry service and concerned residents to come up with a solution to their concerns about people who target practice in the area.

The solution was the signs, provided by the forestry service, that are posted on the perimeter of 1,500 feet from residences.

The “safe zone” that is restricted is along Tillman Lane as it turns into dirt, then turns left and runs into the dirt portion of Long Valley Road.

“We wanted a safe enough boundary so people would be aware,” Dee said.

Anyone can use the shooting range that was opened last year at the Douglas Disposal transfer station at the end of Pinenut Road.

The range is open whenever the transfer station is open: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. DCSO asks that no one use the range when they are training in the mornings of the first Saturday and the first and second Wednesday of each month.