SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted in favor of an ordinance that prohibits some recreational target shooting in two East County areas.
Supervisors voted 3-2 in favor of a ban, and of the 12 citizens who spoke before the board, nine of them said they were opposed to the ordinance.
The ordinance will put a stop to recreational target shooting near Donohoe Mountain in the Dulzura area, and it was proposed following the Gate Fire in May 2017.
The blaze, which charred 2,000 acres, was sparked by a group of people who were target shooting.
Since then, Supervisor Dianne Jacob has worked to ban recreational shooting on federal land. She previously said officials failed to act on her earlier requests to prohibit year-round shooting on the property despite the high risk of wildfires.
The board’s agenda said: “This ordinance amendment would restrict target shooting on two portions of Bureau of Land Management property along and directly to the south of State Route 94/Campo Road and along and to the west of Marron Valley Road near Dulzura. This closure would reduce the year-round threat of wildfire and increase public safety in the area.”
The board is scheduled to meet again regarding the issue on Nov. 13 and then adopt the ordinance.