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Senator Rick Santorum Introduces S. 2249 -<BR> The Sportsmen’s Privacy Protection Act

Friday, February 10, 2006

On February 7, 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 NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox.

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 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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