Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 (S.H.A.R.E Act)

Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 (S.H.A.R.E Act)

Congressman Wittman, Robert J. [Republican of Virginia-1] introduced Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015, also know as the S.H.A.R.E Act on May 19, 2015.

This bill vamps a variety of existing programs to expand access to, and opportunities for, hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting.  Below you'll find a quick overview of the S.H.A.R.E Act or you can read the bill in its entirety HERE.

 Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act
    • Components of firearms and ammunition and sport fishing equipment and its components (such as lead sinkers) are exempted from regulations of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
    • The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act is amended to: (1) increase the proportion of funding from the Act that states may use for acquiring land for public target ranges, and (2) delay by 10 years until 2026 the date after which interest from the wildlife conservation and restoration fund is available for apportionment.
  • Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act of 2015
    •  Interior must issue permits to allow a hunter to import polar bear parts (other than internal organs) if the bear was legally harvested in Canada from an approved population before the May 15, 2008
  • Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act of 2015
    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may not prohibit individuals from possessing a firearm in public areas of a water resources development project.
  • Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act
    • Federal public land management officials must facilitate hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on certain federal public land.
  •  Hunter and Farmer Protection Act
    • The bill revises standards for determining what a baited area is for purposes of the prohibition on taking migratory game birds.
    • The National Park Service (NPS) may not prohibit individuals from transporting bows and crossbows if certain requirements are met.
    • The NPS may establish hunter access corridors.
  • Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act Reauthorization of 2015
    • This bill revises the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act to extend the authority provided to Interior under the Act.
Check back as we update you on this important piece of legislation.  

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