Spokane, WA – In the tinder-dry Western United States where campfires, fireworks, and lit cigarettes are banned across public lands, another fire-starting culprit remains free of most restrictions: guns.
This year, officials believe target shooting or other firearms use have ignited at least 21 of the reported wildfires in Utah and nearly a dozen in Idaho. Shooting is also thought to have caused fires in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.
Officials have asked the public to scale back shooting firearms as large firefighter crews contend with one of the busiest and most destructive wildfire seasons to ever strike the West.
However, many in the region are ardent Second Amendment advocates, so many state lawmakers are hesitant to enact any formal restrictions.
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