A major pro-sportsmen bill was passed in the U.S. Senate on April 20, 2016.
The Bipartisan Sportsmen Act of 2016 was overwhelming passed in the U.S. on April 20, 2016 with a 85-12 vote.
The bill was lauded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a trade association for the firearms industry best known for putting on SHOT Show. They praised it as a step in the right direction to ensuring and enhancing the rights of anglers, hunters, and shooting sports enthusiasts.
With 85-12 vote, U.S. Senate passes S.2012, which includes Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act. #GUNVOTE
— NSSF (@NSSF) April 20, 2016
The NSSF celebrated this legislative victory and praised members of both parties for overwhelmingly passing it in the U. S. Senate.
"The National Shooting Sports Foundation would like to thank the bill's sponsors, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and the leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus for their tireless and unwavering commitment to working on a bipartisan basis to secure passage of this legislation on behalf of current and future generations of America's hunters and sportsmen. Senate leaders deserve special thanks for securing the unanimous consent agreement that allowed the Senate to complete its work on our industry's top legislative priority. We look forward to continuing to work in a bipartisan fashion with the Senate and Members of the House in pursuit of our shared goal of securing enactment of this vital legislation in this Congress," said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel, in a statement.
Keane added, "The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act will help ensure that our nation's hunting, fishing and shooting traditions are preserved, protected and promoted. This legislation addresses many priorities for American hunters, anglers and recreational shooters and its passage today by the Senate represents a significant accomplishment for the sportsmen's community and for America."
This particular legislative package included several provisions allowing states great flexibility to use the Pittman-Robertson Act (or Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act), which was established in 1937. This act uses funds to create and encourage public shooting ranges. Moreover, these funds also help facilitate greater access to federal lands and waters for hunting, recreational fishing, and shooting sports. Since its creation, $10.1 million in revenue has been collected and awarded to the states. Here's more about the provision:
The excise tax is set at 11% of the wholesale price for long guns and ammunition and 10% of the wholesale price for handguns. The excise
tax applies basically to all commercial sales and imports whether their purpose is for shooting, hunting or personal defense and is paid by manufacturers, producers and importers.
Sometimes the government does something right. This is a major victory for the outdoor industry and will allow anglers, hunters, and marksmen greater opportunities.