Action Required: Congress to Vote on Sportsmen’s Act
Sportsmen Contacts Needed ASAP!
Sportsmen must call their U.S. Representative in support of the SHARE Act as soon as possible. Tell them H.R. 2406 includes the top priorities of the hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting communities. Ask them to vote YES on the SHARE Act.
As early as Thursday, Feb. 25, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to hold a vote on a bill that includes many of the top priorities of the hunting and fishing communities, so immediate calls are essential. For information on your Congressmen, use the Legislative Action Center.
H.R. 2406, also known as the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015, contains major sportsmen’s issues that have been worked on by national hunting and fishing groups for several years.
“This bill includes some very important provisions, including strong Open Until Closed language protecting access to federal lands,” said Evan Heusinkveld, Sportsmen’s Alliance interim President and CEO. “Together with a number of pro-hunting and pro-conservation provisions, this bill should be strongly supported by all sides. Sportsmen and women should call their Representatives today and urge its passing.”
Requiring lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) be open for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting unless specifically closed for cause. This action helps to prevent lawsuits by national anti-hunting groups attempting to use the courts to stop hunting opportunities on public land.
Preventing the EPA or other federal agencies other than the Fish and Wildlife Service from regulating the use of lead in ammunition or fishing weights and sinkers. This action is necessary to stop anti-hunting and -fishing groups from using the courts to force the EPA to ban traditional ammunition and fishing tackle.
Language allowing for archery equipment to be transported across National Park Service lands.
Increasing state wildlife management authority to use Pittman-Robertson funding for acquiring land for shooting ranges, and providing liability protection to public ranges.
Allowing the 41 polar bears legally killed prior to the ban on imports to be brought back into the United States.
There are many other provisions to the SHARE Act that are beneficial to the future of hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting. However, the items listed above are pivotal changes that will ensure the future of our hunting and shooting heritage for generations to come.
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance:The Sportsmen’s Alliance is a 501 (c) 4 organization that protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization that supports the same mission through public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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