Bill description: SB 1154 would prohibit individuals from using exploding targets and incendiary or tracer ammunition on public land from May 10 through October 20 of each year.
Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes?
SB 1154 would prohibit recreationalists from using exploding targets, incendiary rounds, or tracer ammunition on state-owned lands between May 10 and October 20. Any person found doing so could be charged with a misdemeanor.
This criminal statute would come in addition to the civil penalties an individual could face for starting a fire while shooting. Under current law, out-of-control fires are deemed a public nuisance, allowing other parties to take a civil action against “any person responsible through his conduct, acts and/or control of property or operations for either the starting or the existence of such fire.”
This bill would limit the use of any of these items for nearly half of every year and would criminalize those who do use them. Rather than just requiring an individual to pay for any damages caused by their actions, this bill could end up forcing people to pay additional fines or even go to jail.