April 30, 2019 (Washington, DC) – Yesterday, the U.S. House passed the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act (H.R. 1222) on a voice vote. Sponsored by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Members Congressmen Ron Kind (WI), Rob Bishop (UT), and Duncan Hunter (CA), this legislation is a long-time priority for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) and the sporting community.
“Now more than ever, America’s sportsmen and women need places to hone their skills and learn the fundamentals of hunting and the shooting sports,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “This bill furthers these goals by making it easier to build and operate public shooting ranges that are critical in our efforts to recruit, retain and reactive hunters and target shooters who are the backbone of the American System of Conservation Funding.”
Prior to passage, CSF sent an action alert to all House CSC Members asking for their support of H.R. 1222.
Current law requires a 25% non-federal match for the construction, operation, and maintenance of public target shooting ranges. This bill would reduce the non-federal match requirement to 10%. Existing law also requires states to use apportioned Pittman-Robertson dollars within a 2-year window, often making it difficult to complete projects that span multiple budget cycles. H.R. 1222 will address this issue by extending the cap to five years. Together, these proposed changes will generate additional revenue for conservation by providing additional venues for marksmanship training in a controlled environment.
On April 10, the U.S. Senate passed identical legislation (S. 94) on unanimous consent. As a formality, the Senate will now take up the House version, which is expected to easily pass, and be sent to the President’s desk for a signature. CSF will work closely with Senate CSC leaders on swift Senate passage of this important legislation.
Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.