Sportsmen and gun rights supporters get a win in Congress
Outdoorsmen and Second Amendment supporters won an important victory in the House of Representatives with committee passage of a bill -- the SHARE Act -- that would ease gun restrictions on federal lands, and end an Obama-era regulation against ammunition and lead fishing lures, among a host of other provisions friendly to gun owners:
The hunting and fishing bill sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) would indefinitely bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating lead metal shots and tackle, which environmental groups argued contaminate fish.
In a 22–13 vote, the panel approved the package to expand gun rights on federal land and ease fishing restrictions, while rejecting measures to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and to study the environmental effects of a Mexico border wall.
Duncan’s bill also would broadly expand protections for firearm use on federal land and decreases the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’s authority to regulate rifle ammunition and silencers.
Republicans touted the bill as a boost to lawful recreation activities, but that position isn’t shared across the aisle.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), ranking member on the committee, blasted the bill as a service to the National Rifle Association, and other Democrats followed suit. “This is the worst legislation I’ve come across in my time in Congress,” Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) said.
The bill faced unanimous Democratic oppositon -- as well as the usual arrogant nonsense from the Washington Post. Here's hoping the full House and Senate agree to advance this legislation to the President's desk. The video nearby has additional information on the bill and its proposals.