Can I Shoot on Public Lands & What are
Bureau of Land Management
Public lands managed
by the Bureau of Land Management are open to
shooting (and hunting), unless otherwise designated.
To ensure that you are on public land, it is
recommended that you obtain a land status map,
available from the BLM online from the Arizona
Public Lands Information Center at www.publiclands.org,
call 602.4177.9300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maps are also available from the Tucson Field
Office, 12661 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ, 520.258.7200.
Public room hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shooting and possession
and use of firearms are allowed on public lands
managed by the Bureau of Land Management provided
that the specific shooting activity involved:
USDA Forest Service -
Coronado National Forest
- Does not create a public hazard,
public nuisance or direct threat to public
safety and use. (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. (Title 43 CFR Sec.
- Does not facilitate and create
a condition of littering, refuse accumulation
and abandoned personal property. (Title 43
CFR Sec. 8365.1-1)
- Does not violate an existing
use restriction, closure order or supplementary
rules notice. (Title 43 CFR Sec. 8365.1-6)
Shooting is allowed
on National Forest System Land providing,
- It does not create a public
hazard or serve as a direct threat to public
- It does not damage or destroy
natural features such as plants, historic
features or property.
- It does not create litter;
refuse accumulation and abandoned personal
- It does not violate an existing
restriction or closure.
shooting on the National Forest come from Code
of Federal Regulations
36 CFR 261.10
d. Discharging a
firearm or any other implement capable of taking
human life, causing injury, or damaging property
Arizona Game and Fish
- In or within 150 yards of a
residence, building, campsite, developed
recreation site or occupied area, or
- Across or on a National Forest
System road or a body of water adjacent thereto,
or in any manner or place whereby any person
or property is exposed to injury or damage
as a result in such discharge.
- Into or within any cave
or any other type of shooting not related to
hunting is not permitted on lands managed by
the State of Arizona. Hunting information is
available online at www.gf.state.az.us.
County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation
Pima County Natural
Resources Parks & Recreation offers two public
shooting ranges in the Tucson area, the Southeast
Regional Park Shooting Facility and Tucson Mountain
Park Shooting Range, as well as the Virgil Ellis
Shooting Range near Ajo, Arizona.
is also allowed on wild land properties in compliance
with state statutes, unless otherwise posted.
Discharge of firearms is prohibited at all parks.
For more information contact Pima County Natural
Resources Parks & Recreation at (520) 877-6000
or www.pima.gov/nrpr/index.htm or www.tucsonshooting.org.
on formal shooting venues in Tucson, please visit
the following websites: