The U.S. House of Representatives in a decisive 242-161 vote Friday passed H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. Twelve Democrats joined the Republican majority to ensure passage.
Looking at what happens in the United States, the SHARE Act is the most important pro-sportsmen and pro-hunting legislation in a generation and a top priority for NSSF - the National Shooting Sports Foundation - the firearms industry trade association, that yesterday praised the passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the bipartisan Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. All attempts to amend the legislation with unfavorable provisions were defeated.
“The SHARE Act will help ensure that our nation’s outdoor traditions are preserved, protected and promoted. This bipartisan legislation addresses many key priorities for American hunters and recreational shooters and its passage by the House represents a significant accomplishment for the sportsmen’s community and for America”, said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
“We would especially like to thank the leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Co-Chairmen Congressmen Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) and Tim Walz (D-Minnesota) and Vice Chairmen Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina) and Gene Green (D-Texas), as well as Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) for their bipartisan leadership and commitment to America’s sportsmen.”
NSSF, along with a number of its partner organizations, worked closely with members of the House to ensure inclusion of a number of legislative priorities in the SHARE Act, including provisions that will protect the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle by hunters and anglers, as well as provide greater flexibility for states to utilize Pittman-Robertson funds to create and enhance public shooting ranges and facilitate greater access to Federal lands and waters for hunting, recreational fishing and shooting.
Finally, the legislation permanently authorizes the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting and recreational shooting.
Okay, we are normally used to see at what happens in the US as something happening in another galaxy, for the good and the bad, but especially this last one concept of “advising” governmental institutions missing the necessary knowledge and experience, should be of example for many European countries as well.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 13,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.