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Congress Votes On SHARE Act Today, Legislation Affects All US Sportsmen

Congress will vote today on the Sportsman's Heritage And Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, a significant pro-sportsmen legislative package.

The SHARE Act contains many provisions and amendments intended to protect the rights of hunters, anglers and shooting sports enthusiasts. The National Shooting Sports Foundation called it "The most important pro-sportsmen legislation in a generation."

Perhaps the most significant part of the SHARE Act is legislation that requires the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to keep Federal public lands open to recreational fishing, hunting and shooting.

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Another major law in the SHARE Act includes legislation that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating ammunition and fishing tackle by declaring them toxic substances.

The SHARE Act will also establish a permanent sportsman's advisory group, the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee, which will advise both the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on hunting, shooting sports and habitat conservation.

Additional SHARE Act legislation includes laws that allow US states to raise more money for the creation and maintenance of shooting ranges; the establishment of a $200 annual permit fee for films crews of five persons or less to film on federal lands and waterways; a law that allows the US Secretary of the Interior the authority to issue electronic duck stamps to states; and more.

To view all the legislation included in the SHARE Act package, click here.

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Congress Votes On SHARE Act Today, Legislation Affects All US Sportsmen