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Rep. Miller Votes to Protect Recreational Hunting and Fishing
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after House passage of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act:
“This important legislation is necessary to protect and expand American sportsmen’s right to hunt and fish on public lands without bureaucratic restrictions and roadblocks.
“The traditions of hunting and fishing are not only part of our rich history, but are also important to our economic growth and livelihood through the increased recreational opportunities they create. By requiring that federal lands remain accessible to sportsmen and women and preventing federal agencies like the EPA from dictating what type of ammunition and tackle we use, this legislation demonstrates our bipartisan commitment to American sportsmen and their contributions.”
The Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (H.R. 3590) is a bipartisan package of eight individual bills that protect and expand the right of American sportsmen to fish and hunt on public lands and prevents federal agencies from infringing on American’s 2nd Amendment Rights. Highlights of the legislation include:
Supports Access for Hunting and Fishing on Public Lands
· The bill reaffirms that fishing, hunting, and shooting are important and traditional activities that should continue on public lands.
· It requires federal land managers to support and facilitate use and access for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land.
· It protects sportsmen from arbitrary efforts by the federal government to block public lands from hunting and fishing activities by implementing an “open until closed” management policy.
· It establishes a Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee.
· It allows sportsmen across the country to more easily obtain a federal duck stamp by making them available for purchase online.
Supports Recreational Shooting and Protects 2nd Amendment Rights
· It adjusts funding limitations to make more funds available to states, for a longer period of time, for the creation and maintenance of shooting ranges.
· The bill protects law-abiding individuals’ constitutional right to bear arms on lands owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. Congress has passed legislation allowing citizens to exercise this right on National Park and National Wild Service lands, but did not address lands owned by the Army Corps.
Protects the Use of Traditional Ammunition and Fish Tackle
· The bill protects the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle by reiterating and clarifying existing law to clearly limit EPA’s authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It amends the TSCA to allow for the sale of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle that is subject to federal excise tax.