The US House of Representatives passed the SHARE Act this week in a huge victory for sportsmen.
The SHARE act, or more formally the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015, passed a vote in the House of Representatives and will now make its way to the Senate for voting. The bill was originally introduced in the House on May 19, 2015.
The bill makes revisions to a number of already-existing programs to increase access and opportunities for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting. Take a look at how certain programs will be changed to benefit hunters, anglers and shooters:
Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act
- Certain components of firearms, ammo and fishing equipment are exempt from regulations of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
- Limits the ability of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture to regulate the use of ammo and fishing tackle based on its lead content.
Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
- Pittman-Robertson Act amended to:
- Increase funding for states to use to acquire public shooting ranges.
- Delay until 2016 the date in which interest from the wildlife and conservation fund can be apportioned.
Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act
- Managers of federal public lands must facilitate hunting, fishing and shooting on certain public lands.
Hunter and Farmer Protection Act
- Revises definition of a baited area as it pertains to migratory game birds and hunting.
- National Park Service may not prohibit the transportation of bows and crossbows by individuals if requirements are met.
- National Park Service may establish hunter access corridors.
African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015
- African Elephant Conservation Act revised and reauthorized through 2020.
- Expanded access to federal land and waterways for film crews of five or fewer people.
These are just a few of the awesome benefits the passing of the SHARE Act would provide to hunters, anglers and shooters. It's good to see this type of progress made for hunting, fishing and shooting in today's society. If the bill passes the Senate, it will head on to the President to be signed into law. Fingers crossed.