If you got to the Utah County sheriffs website without following that link and search trough the archives you will see that the above posting was in 2009 not current, as was pointed out to me by the Utah County Sheriff when I sent him this e-mail.
I am a resident out Utah County, and I am concerned about the shooting restriction put in place on unincorporated areas of Utah County.
A county or fire marshal has no legal authority to place restrictions on discharge of firearms outside of city limits. That authority lies solely in the state legislature.
A shooting ban put in place by the sheriff or fire marshal is in direct violation of Utah code 53-5a-102 the Uinform Firearm Code.
I realize this may soon change due to current fire danger. But to impose this restriction before given authority exposes you to a unnecessary legal liability.
Thank You for your time
It seems that people, probably even you, are looking at, or sending around a document that was posted in 2009. As Sheriff, I am well aware of the law and there has been no ordered restriction on the use of firearms or closure of shooting areas, indeed any thing at all concerning firearms or shooting, that has come from this Office, I repeat, none!
I am assuming that you also know the rest of the law that states as well as the legislature, the State Division of Natural Resources and all incorporated towns and cities can regulate shooting activities.
Any restrictions of shooting activities that are currently in place have come from the State or Federal land owners, you need to contact them to express your concerns. If some has sent you something, or you have found something from the County addressing shooting restrictions, check the date, it is not current. The Utah legislature made sure that Counties could not restrict any shooting activities for any reason, seems it is working out real well this year. I am as pro 2nd amendment a Sheriff as you will ever find, I own two safes full of firearms and shoot regularly, I believe that every citizen should be allowed to carry and has the right to defend their self and others with a firearm.
What we at the County have been saying this year with all the extreme conditions is with your rights of the 2nd amendment come the responsibility and the need to shoot reasonably. It seems that common sense is not all that common any more.
In closing, I am not the one to bring your concerns to, and you can be sure that I indeed know and uphold the law, because as you have correctly stated, the Sheriff or the County Fire Marshall can not enact shooting restrictions, and I again repeat, we have not and we will not.
I have mow sent him an apolligy and thanked him for his time and quick response.