Article by Steve Schreiner
A universal problem is emerging throughout the western United States. This region is becoming increasingly urbanized. As a result, people want to build their homes or second homes in rural areas to get away from other people. Some of them have or obtain “inholdings” right in the middle of a National Forest or very near it on the borders of National Forests. The same goes for Bureau of Land Management lands. When people do this, one of the first things to be closed down are informal, unsupervised shooting ranges. So much for the Forest Service's multiple use of forest lands policy. It plays right into the hands of anti-gun bureaucrats. Once shut down by US Forest Service (USFS) or Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials, and no matter how many “studies” are done, the ranges are somehow never reopened for public use. BLM's policy is simple: they won't allow ranges of any sort on BLM lands; the only way to obtain a particular piece of BLM land for a range is to go through formal processes to turn that land over to another public or private organization, a process which deliberately takes forever and is very difficult to do, even if the “skids are greased.” Still, it is very nearly impossible to do, especially if you want to build a formal shooting range, let alone an informal one, which may be used on a casual and possibly frequent basis.