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Utah man who started fire at shooting range wasn’t supposed to have gun, charges state

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VERNAL — A 35-year-old Vernal man who police say started a small fire at a shooting range in Vernal is not allowed to hold a gun in the first place, according to prosecutors.

The man, who wasn’t supposed to be in possession of any firearms because he is on probation, was charged Tuesday in 8th District Court with possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.

On July 26, at the Buckskin Hills Shooting Complex, he shot several rounds from his friend’s handgun, “and then shot an AR-15 rifle at an exploding target causing wildfire that burned over an acre of the shooting range,” according to charging documents.