BLM finalizes target-shooting ban on most of Arizona monument

By Scott Streater | 06/05/2024 04:33 PM EDT

The decision overturns a Trump-era plan and aims to “protect human health, safety, and important resources” in the Sonoran Desert National Monument.

The Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona.

The Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona. BLM Arizona/Flickr

The Bureau of Land Management has formally reversed a contentious Trump-era decision by closing most of an Arizona national monument to dispersed recreational target shooting.

BLM announced Tuesday it finalized a resource management plan revision that now forbids target shooting on 98 percent of the nearly 500,000-acre Sonoran Desert National Monument.

BLM announced in January it was proposing to close all but 5,295 acres within the national monument to target shooting.


The final decision overturns a 2018 Trump-era resource management plan amendment that had opened 435,700 acres, or 90 percent of the national monument, to target shooting. It also potentially ends more than two decades of regulatory and legal action on the issue.