Sportsmen’s Act Killed, But Still Hope for Landmark Bill

The Sportsmen’s Act may have been killed earlier this week, but don’t nail the coffin shut just yet.


Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., stunned his peers earlier this week when he killed the Sportsmen’s Act with a procedural vote, dealing what could be a knockout blow to a landmark bill that would provide hunters and fishers with over 35 million acres of public land, would channel excise tax funds toward shooting ranges, and would allow the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to sell Federal Duck Stamps online and raise the price from $10 to $25.


The point of contention, it seems, was over budgetary matters in raising the price of Federal Duck Stamps, spelling disaster for the bill and leading to its failure in the Senate.  Despite the grim outlook, however, there is still hope, as the National Shooting Sports Foundation is keeping the pressure on Congress – and you can join them.


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3 Responses
  • Lawrence Sheperd

    It’s telling that only ONE Democrat voted to table this bill.

    Hmmm…… “fiscal integrity” vs. the wild lands and wild life we all cherish and enjoy.

  • Ross Walters

    It’s pretty obvious the Republican senate could care less if you have a place to hunt and shoot.
    And they killed the legislation (supposedly) over a measly $15 increase in duck stamp fees.
    The GOP rarely walks the talk.

  • RDLong

    There are provisions in the bill, S. 3525 (also known as the Federal Land Seizure Act) that allow private land to be taken by the Federal Gov’t without owners consent as long as a private or state funding source is used. Gun Owners of America and many conservatives oppose the bill for that reason.

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