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U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229
Ph. 614/888-4868 • Fax 614/888-0326
Website: www.ussportsmen.org • E-mail: [email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mike Faw (614) 888-4868 x 214
April 17, 2012
Sharon Hayden (614) 888-4868 x 226

U.S. House Votes to Protect Hunting /
Shooting on Public Land
(Columbus, Ohio) –With bipartisan support the U.S. House of
Representatives today approved the most significant pro-sportsmen
legislation in 15 years. H.R. 4089, which passed by a vote of
274-146, is a package of high priority issues supported by every
nationally prominent conservation and sportsmen’s organization. The
bill was supported by 235 Republicans and 39 Democrats.

Entitled The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012, H.R. 4089:

Classifies Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service
lands as open to hunting, fishing and recreational shooting unless
closed or restricted based on scientific evidence;

Confirms that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot
ban lead in traditional ammunition or in sport fishing gear;

Protects recreational shooting on BLM National Monument land; and

Allows the import of legally hunted polar bear trophies now tangled
in federal red-tape.

A major focus of the organizations that helped craft H.R. 4089 is to
prevent frivolous lawsuits that unfairly restrict the rights of
hunters, anglers and shooters and limit wildlife conservation and
management. Over the last decade anti-hunting groups and their trial
lawyers have filed multiple suits in courts arguing that existing
federal law does not allow, or requires restrictions on fishing,
hunting, and shooting on federal public lands. Defending against
these suits has cost state and federal wildlife agencies and
sportsmen’s organizations, including the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
(USSA), millions of dollars.

In 1998, USSA first proposed that federal BLM and Forest Service
lands, which total over 700 million acres, be declared legally open
to fishing, hunting and shooting unless closed by specific agency
action. In the intervening years, USSA has worked to persuade the
sporting community and Congress of the need for such legislation.
House passage of H.R. 4089 is the result of this long effort to build
strong legal barriers against anti-hunters and the animal rights lobby.

The bill also protects fishing tackle and ammunition from attacks.
Recently, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of
intent to sue the federal government to force the U.S. EPA to ban the
use of lead in ammunition and fishing tackle. Their claim
misrepresented the intent of the Toxic Substance Control Act which
was enacted in 1976 to allow the EPA to regulate new commercial
chemicals entering the market and the distribution of existing
chemicals found to pose unreasonable risks to public health or the
environment. It was never intended to allow the regulation of
ammunition and fishing tackle.

“H.R. 4089 spells out in plain language that hunting, fishing and
recreational shooting are legitimate uses of federal public lands and
that these lands are open, as a matter of law, to these traditional
activities,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSA president and CEO. “And it makes
it crystal clear that the U.S. EPA does not have the authority to
restrict American’s choices of ammunition and fishing tackle.”

In addition to USSA, H.R. 4089 is supported by an array of sporting
conservation groups including the American Sportfishing Association,
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Rifle Association,
National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Safari Club International.
A complete listing of supporters can be found here.

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Good example of voicing our opinions, I was notified before the vote by a pro hunting group with a link to a petition to sign. IT was sent to all our local US Rep.s for the house bill. Hope you all had that opportunity to pitch in. Good news and stay involved for pro sportsman initiatives.
 

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Good example of voicing our opinions, I was notified before the vote by a pro hunting group with a link to a petition to sign. IT was sent to all our local US Rep.s for the house bill. Hope you all had that opportunity to pitch in. Good news and stay involved for pro sportsman initiatives.

Thanks for the post---indeed good news
 

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Here's the voting breakdown. If you go to the USSA site, you can see how the Representatives from your state voted.

Eric


http://www.ussportsmen.org/federal/ussa-breaks-down-vote-on-sportsmens-heritage-\
act/

http://tinyurl.com/6w3gkb2


USSA Breaks Down Vote on Sportsmen’s Heritage Act

Posted on April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the most
significant pro-sportsmen legislation in the last 15 years. The vote
was 274-146. Here are some additional vote breakdowns. Click on the
heading to see each chart:

Partisan Vote Breakdown

Republicans: 235 voted Yes, 2 voted No
Democrats: 39 voted Yes, 144 voted No

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Vote Breakdown

Sportsmen’s Caucus Members: 214 voted Yes, 15 voted No
 
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