2011-04-07 / Local & State

Rules Toughened For Shooting Ranges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Most people who want to use one of Pennsylvania’s 29 public shooting ranges on state gamelands now need a $30 permit or a current general hunting or furtaking license.

The state Game Commission on Friday announced the rules have gone into effect. They were imposed after upgrades to the ranges that include lead remediation, safety barriers and other design improvements.

There are exceptions for children under age 16, who may use the ranges for free if they’re in the company of an adult with a permit or license. Licensed hunters or permit holders can bring one guest.

Permits are available through the Game Commission’s website, at agency headquarters in Harrisburg or at its six regional offices.

The new regulation passed Feb. 1 prohibits all other target shooting on state gamelands.

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