Sportsmen’s Bill Set for Senate Vote

Hunting is big business here in Texas. A fact that Dan Zimmerman now understands, having spent upwards of $350 on the license alone for the Republic. Thankfully, a bill is set for a vote on Thursday to keep the EPA from regulating the crap out of hunting ammunition and fishing gear and therefore raising the price, specifically the lead within said projectiles and sinkers (much to the dismay of some wildlife activists, no doubt). The NSSF has been pushing pretty hard for this legislation, and I’m expecting they’re doing some gloating today…

From the AP:

In its first roll call since September, the Senate voted 92-5 on Tuesday to debate a bill to ease restrictions on hunters and fishermen and allow 41 U.S. hunters to bring home polar bear carcasses trapped in Canada due to a ban on trophy imports.

But polar bears aren’t the only thing in the bill that benefits hunters and shooters in the United States. According to the NSSF, the bill comes with some extra goodies, specifically:

  • The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act: Specifically excludes ammunition and fishing tackle from the Toxic Substances Control Act, preventing unnecessary regulations that could devastate hunting, shooting, conservation funding and the firearm and ammunition industries.
  • Making Public Lands Public: Requires that the 1.5 percent of annual Land and Water Conservation Fund funding is made available to secure public access to federal public land for hunting, fishing, and other recreational purposes.
  • Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act: Makes Pittman-Robertson funds available to states for a longer period of time for the creation and maintenance of shooting ranges. The bill encourages federal land agencies to cooperate with state and local authorities to maintain shooting ranges and limits liability for these agencies.

Some of you may remember (from the last time we discussed it) that the Pittman-Robertson Act is a tax on guns and ammo that benefits hunters, and making those funds more available is definitely a good thing.

Is it the sexiest pro-gun and pro-hunter legislation you’ve ever seen? Probably not. But progress is progress, no matter how small.

UPDATE: The original version of this article stated that the bill had already passed, which was incorrect and based on a report out of North Dakota. After researching further it seems that the bill is simply set for a vote on Thursday, and I have updated the text to reflect that.