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U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Protect Access to Hunting and Fishing Lands

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Fairfax, Va. – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly in favor of a National Rifle Association (NRA) – backed amendment that will preserve hunting and fishing on public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, and protect access to sportsmen for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on certain public lands. This amendment was adopted today by a 416-5 vote.

The amendment provides that:

· Access for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting will be assured on all appropriate National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) lands; and

· States will manage, control or regulate fish and resident wildlife under State law or regulations in any area within the System. Regulations permitting hunting or fishing of fish and resident wildlife within the System shall be, to the extent practicable, consistent with State fish and wildlife laws, regulations and management plans.

“It is important for hunters, anglers, shooters and sportsmen -- our nation’s foremost conservationists -- to continue to have ample lands and access to lands to enjoy America’s hunting heritage,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. “With the adoption of the amendment offered by Congressman Jason Altmire (D-PA), hunting, shooting and fishing on certain public lands will be protected for current and future generations.”

H.R. 2016, the “National Landscape Conservation System Act” originally did not include language to protect hunting, fishing and recreational shooting or ensure continued access for these sporting activities on NLCS lands, but thanks to an amendment submitted by Congressman Altmire, the concerns of the NRA, hunters and shooters were adequately addressed.

“Conserving America’s hunting lands is a priority for the tens of millions who enjoy hunting and shooting recreation each year,” concluded Cox. “I applaud those who have taken the steps to further preserve this extraordinary American tradition.”

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