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Mother Vows to Promote Gun Safety on Public Lands

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LAS VEGAS -- It has been almost three years since a Las Vegas mom lost her daughter in a tragic gun accident. It happened in an open target shooting area near Sloan.

Now, she is kicking off a campaign to protect others and promote gun safety on public lands.

It was March 6, 2011 when Stephanie Pizzoferrato's life forever changed. Her daughter was airlifted to University Medical Center after a tragic accident with her dad in an open target shooting area.

"My first reaction was, 'well, what happened?'" Pizzoferrato, "It is every parent's worst nightmare."

A bullet had ricocheted off two objects and hit 4-year-old Dayla Riley Pizzoferrato. Doctors pulled fragments of metal from her skull. She did not survive.

"We still don't know who did it. That is not my goal right now. My goal is bring awareness," Pizzoferrato said.

It is one month from what Pizzoferrato calls her daughter's "angelversary".

She is kicking off a gun safety education campaign about target shooting on public lands.

The Bureau of Land Management says people often do not follow the rules for shooting on public lands. The BLM says shooters must stay 1,000 feet from roads or houses, never shoot over a highway and avoid glass targets. People who do not follow those rules could face a $300 fine for creating a hazard or nuisance.

"They need to be aware of what they can and cannot do," Robert Mitsuyasu with the BLM said.

Clifford Wilson, from the Gun Store, suggests a regulated environment.

"An indoor range is good in that it is controlled. You do have range masters," Wilson said.

If you plan to target shoot outside, experts advise to make sure you know what is around you.

Pizzoferrato says she began the Shine Dayla Riley Foundation to educate people about the dangers of shooting in the open desert. It stands for safety, handling, instruction and necessary education, turning her dark nights into a new day.

"She is my forever sunshine and she is going to help see this through and she is going to help somebody else," Pizzoferrato said.

Pizzoferrato's says she is pushing for more signage and regulation by the BLM for people who abuse public lands.

The agency monitors three-million acres of land and officials say it is impossible to put signs up everywhere, which is why they stress education classes.

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