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House passes public shooting range bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill introduced by Rep. Raúl Labrador, H.R. 5040, the Idaho County Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act, passed the U.S. House late Monday. The bill would convey 31 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to Idaho County for use as a shooting range.

For years, Idaho County commissioners have sought to acquire the parcel in the Riggins area which has been informally used by sportsmen and women. Cumbersome federal regulations blocked the transfer to the county, even though the BLM supported the idea.

Labrador and his staff worked closely with both the BLM and the Idaho County Commission to develop a bill to finally resolve the issue and develop a management plan. Idaho County is the state’s largest; of its 5.4 million acres, 4.5 million acres are owned by the federal government. The county commission has agreed to manage the 31 acres as a shooting range and work closely with law enforcement to maintain the site.

“In a county full of guns that is 83 percent managed by the federal government, we’re excited at the very real prospect of our first public shooting range,” Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt said.

“I’m grateful to all who’ve helped in this effort to establish a safe location for essential training by law enforcement and recreational firearms use by civilians,” Labrador said. “Given the broad support, I’m hoping the Senate will move quickly to pass this bill.”


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