Act Now to Support Shooting Ranges on Public Land!June 19th, 2012
Our partners at the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) have informed us that a vote on a critical piece of legislation promoting recreational shooting could be coming up TODAY in the U.S. House of Representatives. We need your help to urge Congress to support shooting ranges on public lands.
The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act (H.R. 3065), an NSSF legislative priority, could come to the House floor TODAY for a vote. The Target Practice and Markmanship Training Support Act is Title XII of the Conservation and Economic Growth Act (H.R. 2578) which is expected to be voted on today by the U.S. House of Representatives.
MUCC, along with NSSF, urges all firearms owners, target shooters and hunters to contact their Member of Congress to encourage them to VOTE YES on HR 2578.
Sponsored by Rep. Heath Schuler (D-N.C.), the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act will ensure that shooters and hunters have high-quality public facilities at which to participate in the recreational shooting sports, including patterning their rifles and shotguns for the hunting season, and for others to be introduced to our sports and to learn about firearms safety in a safe environment.
The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act simply amends the Pittman-Robertson Act to provide state game and fish agencies with more flexibility and discretion to be able to utilize Pittman-Robertson funds for the creation, enhancement and maintenance of public shooting ranges. The bill is needed to respond to a significant decline in recent years of opportunities for recreational and competitive shooting on public lands.
Access to public shooting ranges also ensures the ability of present and future generations to carry on the traditions of hunting and sport shooting. By encouraging shooting ranges, we ensure that a major component of the Pittman-Robertson Act – to maximize funding for wildlife conservation – continues to be fulfilled for generations to come.
Call the Capitol Switchboard today at 202-224-3121 and urge your U.S. Representative to vote YES on H.R. 2578, which includes the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Act. To find out more about the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, Click Here!
Please act today!