When Congress reconvenes on November 13, one of the first items the U.S. Senate could vote on is S. 3525, "The Sportsmen's Act of 2012." S. 3525 is an essential piece of legislation focused on the expansion and enhancement of hunting, recreational fishing and shooting on federal public land.
This bill is a compilation of 19 bipartisan bills important to the sportsmen's community. In addition to promoting land access, the bill would amend the "Toxic Substances Control Act" to prevent this and future administrations from using the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the right of hunters, shooters and anglers to use traditional ammunition and fishing tackle. The bill would amend the law to clarify that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate shot, bullets or sport fishing equipment.
The bill also allows for the importation of polar bears legally taken from approved populations in Canada before the 2008 ban.
As we previously reported, H.R. 4089--the "Sportsmen's Act of 2012"--passed the U.S. House of Representatives on April 17, 2012, by a bipartisan vote of 274 to 146.
A recent motion to proceed to S. 3525 passed by a vote of 84 to 7. Having cleared this hurdle, a vote on S. 3525 is likely to happen soon.
Please be sure to contact your U.S. Senators TODAY and ask them to support S. 3525.
You can find contact information for your U.S. Senators by using the "Write your Representatives" tool at www.NRAILA.org. You may also contact your Senators by phone at (202) 224-3121.