It is the policy of the Bureau of Land Management to allow the safe use of firearms on public lands as long as such activity is permitted by federal, state, and local laws. On public lands in Arizona there are no designated target shooting sites managed by the BLM. Shooting is strictly prohibited in some areas due to high public use and resource concerns. Prohibited areas include all developed recreation sites and other areas where posted. Specific areas are listed below. You are generally allowed to target shoot on all other BLM managed public lands, as long as you clean up your targets, shell casings, and trash.
It is illegal to shoot (or place targets) on trees, signs, outbuildings, or other objects on federal lands that are for the public's enjoyment or use. It is also imperative to follow all state laws and county ordinances concerning the safe and legal use of weapons and ammunition. The National BLM regulations are listed below; however, each local area may have additional requirements. The shooter has the responsibility to know applicable laws and to use firearms in a safe manner. For the most accurate information, please contact the managing BLM field office with any questions you may have regarding target shooting on the public lands.
Join us in the partnership effort to sustain existing shooting opportunities in the Sonoran landscapes of southern Arizona by participating in Tread Lightly's Respected Access Campaign. Take part in events, and help spread the word about appropriate recreational shooting habits to your shooting friends and partners.
National BLM Target Shooting Regulations:
Shooting and possession of firearms is allowed on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management provided that the specific shooting activity involved:
- Does not create a public hazard, public nuisance or direct threat to public safety and use. (paraphrased from Title 43 CFR Sec. 8365.1-4.)
- Does not damage or destroy natural features, native plants, cultural resources, historic structures or government and/or private property. (paraphrased from Title 43 CFR Sec. 8365.1-5)
- Does not facilitate and create a condition of littering, refuse accumulation and abandoned personal property. (paraphrased from Title 43 CFR Sec. 8365.1-1)
- Does not violate an existing use restriction, closure order or supplementary rules notice. (paraphrased from Title 43 CFR Sec. 8365.1-6)