Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
It’s rare for the Senate and the House to agree on anything-especially when it comes to the 2nd Amendment but that is exactly what has happened and it’s good, common sense legislation.
The bill would allow states to use more money they receive from federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition to upgrade and create public shooting ranges.
Practice makes perfect, right?
HR 1222, the “Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act,” was co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah and Democratic Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Jack Davis at Western Journalism reports.
House passage followed last month’s Senate approval of the bill, according to TheBlaze. In the Senate, the bill was sponsored by Sens. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, and Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican.
The bill, which has been proposed in the past but had never been approved by both houses of Congress, now goes to the White House.
The bill gives states a new impetus to invest in public shooting ranges. Under current law, states wanting to use excise taxes on guns and ammunition authorized by the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 have to chip in 25 percent of the cost for target range creation or upgrades, according to TheBlaze.
The money, collected by the federal government and then shared with the states, funds a wide range of conservation and outdoors programming.
The new law reduces the percentage of non-federal dollars that need to be spent on a target range to 10 percent.
“As this nation becomes more urbanized, the ability of having people a safe place where they can go and they can practice — target practicing, it becomes even more significant that these ranges have to be maintained, they have to be improved in some particular way,” said Republican Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, the bill’s co-sponsor, when arguing for the measure on the House floor.
Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), applauded the bill’s passage.
“Public shooting ranges provide hunters a place to sight in rifles and shotguns before hunting seasons, for people to take firearm safety and hunter education courses and, for recreational target shooters to enjoy their sport,” he said in a statement on the group’s website.
The bill’s passage provided a rare bipartisan moment on Capitol Hill, with several Democrats joining Republicans in each house as co-sponsors.
We would have NEVER expected for the dems and Republicans to agree on ANYTHING to do with guns but they did.