Sen. Rick Santorum Introduces S. 2249
The Sportsmen's Privacy Protection Act

Posted on February 7, 2006

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(Fairfax, VA) - This afternoon Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) introduced legislation to eliminate the requirement in the 1996 Welfare Reform Bill that requires hunters and fishermen to furnish their social security numbers when getting a license.

 

“Across America, hunting and fishing is an age old heritage that is passed on from one generation to the next.   Our outdoor sportsmen should not be required to surrender sensitive information and risk being victims of identity theft to preserve this legacy.  This is much needed reform and the NRA would like to thank Senator Santorum for leading this effort in the United States Senate,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist.

 

Senator Santorum’s bill is a companion to H.R. 4144, introduced in the House by Representative Phil English, also of Pennsylvania. The House version of the bill has been referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

 

“This proposed law will help save 16 million hunters and another 34 million fishermen who buy fishing licenses every year from falling victim to identity theft,” continued Cox. “On behalf of NRA members across the country, I want to thank Senator Rick Santorum for his support of the hunters and fishermen and his work to preserve our country’s strong outdoor traditions.”

 

 

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Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group.  Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime.  The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services.

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