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Twin Falls Commissioners decide against acting on temporary shooting area closure

“I’ve had bullets whiz over my head, I’ve seen people shooting across the trails”
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 6:53 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — After a meeting discussing the potential for a temporary shooting closure in the Indian Springs area, Twin Falls County Commissioners decided against making a decision on the ordinance.

“The last thing we want to do is close public lands for public activities, but we also have a life safety situation we need to address out there,” said Twin Falls County Commissioner, Jack Johnson.

More signage, education, and making the shooting areas more safe will be worked on in the short run.

Johnson said there have been three recorded instances of a house near the area being shot. One of these times, a bullet penetrated the home and ended up in a five-year-old’s bedroom dresser.

Concerns about public safety and use of public land was the focus of much of Friday’s public discussion

For one Kimberly hiker and mountain biker, there is a lack of common sense safety going on in the area.

“I’ve had bullets whiz over my head, I’ve seen people shooting across the trails,” said Dennis Swaer.

But while another resident applauds all efforts for safety, he wants to remind officials public land is public land.

“What happens with the urban sprawl that we have is that as the private land owners start butting up to the public land there has to be a balance between private property rights and public land,” said Allen Easterling.

If there’s one thing most agreed on Friday, it’s the need for a public place for people to shoot in Twin Falls County.

“I know it’s going to take a lot of ground but maybe we can all work together on a committee to find a solution, but it is essential that we have a shooting range,” said Lori Turner.

After the meeting, there was a group of attendees that signed up for a committee to discuss the issue in the future.

Commissioner Johnson said a public meeting on the issue will happen again, but he does not know when.

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