Minn. DNR to test if rifle practice has a place in state parks

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 14, 2012 - 6:20 AM

Demand for firearms safety training is growing, leading to two trial runs this fall.

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fasJun. 13, 12 9:10 PM

No.

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bosshogJun. 13, 12 9:20 PM

At least demand lead free bullets!

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jrn56Jun. 13, 12 9:25 PM

Stupid idea!

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Willy53Jun. 13, 12 9:26 PM

The shooting of guns will change each state park where it occurs permanently. William O'brien? I'm overwhelmed with the stupidity of it all. Absolutely not. This is on par with requiring the logging of Walnut in our State Forests and Parks. There needs to be a distinction drawn between recreation that impacts such a large area like shooting or ATV's as opposed to recreation that is low impact. Rediculous proposal.

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johningersolJun. 13, 12 9:27 PM

I took the firearms safety class the first year it was offered; 1957 if I remember correctly. I was in 9th grade and after the lessons and firearms practice, we had a graduation ceremony in the school auditorium. We were all pretty proud of our achievement. Over the years I have shot a few rabbits, pheasants and ducks. It's a good program and I hope that the state can make it possible for young hunters to have access to state lands in order to get their firearms safety certificate.

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izzymistiJun. 13, 12 9:28 PM

I think the idea of children practicing with their guns in our state parks is a wonderful idea. They will certainly make them canoeists jump out of their skins!

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austin1227Jun. 13, 12 9:34 PM

Really? Isn't there already enough placing to shoot guns? I go to the state parks for peace and quiet, not more noise. Way to alienate all of your regular users.

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cartoonconnJun. 13, 12 9:48 PM

Great idea!

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LundExplorerJun. 13, 1210:03 PM

This is a great idea!!! Thank you DNR for promoting shooting as a great sport.

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arspartzJun. 13, 1210:12 PM

State parks are public land. If everybody has to pay for them, then everybody should be able to use them, not the the minority that wants to worship Gaia.

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