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Keep Pressure on to Pass Sportsmen’s Act; Vote is Set for Late This Week, Call Your U.S. Senators

Legislative Alert

Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

Contact Your SenatorsWe have some great news! By an overwhelming 92-5 vote, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed an important procedural motion that will allow senators to vote on the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S.3525) currently scheduled for this Thursday, but that could slip to Friday.

NSSF thanks everyone who called and emailed your senators to help make this upcoming vote possible. Now we need all hunters, target shooters and firearms owners to keep the pressure on. Call your senators again and urge them to vote YES on the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S.3525), the most important package of measures for the benefit of sportsmen in a generation.

While we believe phone calls are most effective at this late stage in the process, you may also send a quick e-mail using the link provided on this page. In either case, your involvement will take only minutes. If this is your first opportunity to weigh in, the timing could not be better. Act today.

This historic legislation includes the firearms industry’s top legislative priority, the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (S.838) that would clarify that ammunition is excluded from regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Anti-hunting groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity are suing the EPA to force a ban on traditional ammunition made with lead components that would devastate hunting and shooting sports participation, drive up ammunition prices by almost 200 percent on average and dry up conservation funding.

No less than 46 of the nation’s leading sportsmen and conservation groups including NRA, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, American Sportfishing Association, International Game Fish Association, Center for Coastal Conservation, and Boone and Crockett Club are championing S.3525. This bipartisan legislation is strongly supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 is a package of 19 separate bills — the majority of sportsmen’s legislative priorities on Capitol Hill. (See below for an overview of the components of the bill.) A similar package of bills–the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R.4089)–was passed by the House in the spring by a bipartisan vote of 276 to 146. Passage of this pro-sportsmen’s legislation will promote, protect and preserve our nation’s hunting, shooting and conservation heritage for generations to come.

Your voice must be heard! As you read this, anti-hunting forces are working to defeat S.3525. So act now, call your U.S. senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to vote YES for the bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2012.

Sportsmen’s Priorities in the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012

The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act: Specifically excludes ammunition and fishing tackle from the Toxic Substances Control Act, preventing unnecessary regulations that could devastate hunting, shooting, conservation funding and the firearm and ammunition industries.

Making Public Lands Public: Requires that the 1.5 percent of annual Land and Water Conservation Fund funding is made available to secure public access to federal public land for hunting, fishing, and other recreational purposes.

Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act: Makes Pittman-Robertson funds available to states for a longer period of time for the creation and maintenance of shooting ranges. The bill encourages federal land agencies to cooperate with state and local authorities to maintain shooting ranges and limits liability for these agencies.

Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to urge your senators to SUPPORT the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012. To send an email or a letter to your U.S. senators click here.

Find complete contact information for your elected officials here.

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Visit NSSF’s Government Relations site at nssf.org/GovRel

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10 Responses to “Keep Pressure on to Pass Sportsmen’s Act; Vote is Set for Late This Week, Call Your U.S. Senators”

  1. Captain Bug

    See Gun Owners’ of America strong message OPPOSING this very legislation for a number of reasons that seem legitimate to me. I tried to copy/paste this but unable.

    Please see their website http://www.gunowners.org

  2. TNRix

    Agreed. S.3525 gives the government unlimited power to seize private property. NOT a good idea for anyone who values their liberty and land ownership.

  3. tunnel rat

    READ THIS BILL before you ask anyone to support it ~ you might not think it’s so great.

  4. RKINNC75

    A more direct link: http://gunowners.org/a11152012.htm

    As a group (gun owners) that tries to stay informed, we cannot have opposing views towards possible legislation, and how we are to attempt to push our senators. Otherwise friends of NSSF and GunOwners are only canceling each other out.

  5. Steve

    Agreed it’s important to understand more than the “bullet points” that someone gives you before you blindly support something. I always say the DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS. Sad to say these bastards always try to take a simple straight forward issue that most common sense people would agree on and slip in some poisons and turd, while hoping no one will notice.

  6. pduffy

    If 45+ democrats are behind this, there must be something wrong with it. I smell a rat.

  7. ga_mountain_rider

    Ive found for the most part,anytime the government get involved with rights and liberties for the general public,the general public loses in one way or another.(big brother is watching). Gevernment needs to cool out with rules and legulations few of us want or need.

  8. atslugger

    Good idea to read this thing first. It gives the Dept. of Interior and USPS authority to set prices for a 3 year period on your waterfowl stamps based on their estimates of cost to conserve wetlands. At the end of the 3 years they may again adjust the price to reflect their new estimates. Sounds like a new way for the USPS to fund itself. It also passes on unfunded mandates to state governments to take on fiscal liabilities (a portion of which would be reimbursed by the federal government) for purchasing land, constructing, and maintaining facilities. The language contained is very vague on a number of issues and leaves things open to interpretation that could go very badly for sportsmen. It only spells out a few protections from government intervention while opening up quite a few possibilities for additional streams of future revenue (read new taxes on sportsmen).

  9. L

    The point of water fowl stamps is to fund protecting the habitats, so adjusting the price to fulfill that goal seems pretty logical


    Do not support this bill! National Shooting Sports Foundation should be ashamed of themselves for falling for this trickery. Contact your Senator and Congressmen to vote no. Ya know something is wrong when the clause for primers, shot, powder, etc is in the Fishing section of the bill and requests a change to the Toxic Substances Control Act section discussing the IRS code with an “or” statement. READ THE BILL!