NEWTOWN, Conn. — The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will vote today to forward a historic package of legislation to Congress that includes a number of legislative priorities of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.
H.R. 4089, known as the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012, was recently introduced by Congressmen Jeff Miller and Mike Ross, who are co-chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, along with Bob Latta and Heath Shuler, vice co-chairs, and caucus members Congressmen Don Young, Dan Benishek and Dan Boren as well as Congressman Jeff Flake serving as original co-sponsors.
The bill combines a number of legislative priorities to expand and enhance recreational hunting, shooting and fishing opportunities while also protecting the firearms and ammunition industries from extremely detrimental regulations under the Environmental Protection Agency.
NSSF considers the legislation vitally important to help maintain the ranks of sportsmen and women who provide the bulk of support for wildlife conservation in America. Through the purchases of hunting and fishing licenses and sporting equipment such as firearms, ammunition and fishing tackle, which carry an excise tax, sportsmen have contributed more than $12 billion to wildlife conservation. “Sportsmen were our country’s first conservationists,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “Without continued, easy access to lands and waters where game and fish can be pursued, sportsmen will become less active and funding for conservation will decline, which be a loss for all citizens, not just hunters and anglers.”