EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds the enactment of H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act.
The bipartisan bill, introduced by Representatives Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Rob Bishop, R-Utah, passed both the House and Senate with a voice vote.
The purpose of the bill is to provide more flexibility for states to use Pittman-Robertson dollars raised through the existing excise tax on firearms and ammunition to construct and enhance public shooting ranges.
“State wildlife and habitat conservation is funded in large part by hunters and recreational shooters, and public shooting ranges help to encourage participation,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We at NWTF applaud this important legislation for conservation and sportsmen and women across the United States, and thank Congress and the president for their strong bipartisan support.”
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org