Charlotte, NC –-(Ammoland.com)- On May 11, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it was abandoning the effort to ban recreational shooting on the Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona.
BLM released a new proposed management plan that protects “monument objects and values” through best management practices, but does not close the monument to shooters.
This announcement is a major victory for gun owners, as it reversed BLM’s intent to close the half million-acre SDNM to recreational shooting. The original SDNM plan mirrored BLM’s decision last year to drive shooters out of the Ironwood Forest National Monument, also in Arizona.
BLM’s announcement came as a formal statement to the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, a federal advisory council that reports to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on matters relating to hunting and recreational shooting.
The abrupt reversal by the BLM came shortly after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. R. 4089, “The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act.” One of the major provisions of that legislation requires congressional approval for any recreational shooting restrictions proposed on BLM-managed national monuments. The bill further directs the BLM to manage national monument land in a manner that supports, promotes, and enhances recreational shooting opportunities.
The BLM’s reversal is likely to be used by opponents of H. R. 4089 in their efforts to stop passage of the bill in the Senate. Rest assured NRA will continue its efforts to win passage of this vital legislation. H. R. 4089 is needed to reverse BLM actions already taken to ban recreational shooting elsewhere–in 2010, the BLM closed 400,000 acres of publicly-owned, national monument lands in three states–and to prevent BLM from taking future action to ban recreational shooting in the monuments it manages.
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