H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on April 17, 2012 by a vote of 276 to 146. This Act protects the usage of lead ammunition for hunting, allows the importation of polar bears legally harvested, and continues the protection of hunting, shooting, and fishing on all Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land. Co-chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Democratic Senator Jon Tester from Montana and Republican Senator John Thune from South Dakota have now introduced a more extensive bill, Senate Amendment 2232 the Sportsmen’s Act Amendment into the 2012 Farm Bill S. 3240. Currently, the 2012 Farm Bill has reached a stalemate in the Senate because the Senators have not reached a consensus on how many amendments to add to the Bill.
The Sportsmen’s Act Amendment needs more co-sponsors to move the bill forward. The National Shooting Sports Foundation calls the Act “The most important single piece of pro-sportsmen legislation in a generation.” Senate Amendment 2232 includes 16 bills all of which protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
Included in the bill:
- Conservation of fish habitat
- Protection of artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico
- Keep Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service (public lands) open to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting (which total over 750 million acres)
- Allow any person who can legally own a firearm carry it onto Army Corps of Engineer Water Resource Development projects and facilities
- Create a permanent Duck Stamp Act and North American Wetlands Conservation Act
- Legally transport bows through National Parks (currently it is not legal to transport bows through National Parks)
Most importantly, the Sportsman’s Act Amendment supports The Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act, S. 838, which prevents the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) from banning lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle.
On June 7, 2012, the Senate voted positively to consider adding the Act to the Farm Bill, but we still need the support of more senators. Please contact your senators today and tell them to support Senate Amendment 2232, The Sportsmen’s Act Amendment.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation makes it quick and easy to contact your senators.
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