National Shooting Sports Foundation Commends Congress’s Passage of ‘Range Bill’

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National Shooting Sports Foundation Commends Congress’s Passage of ‘Range Bill’

NEWTOWN, Conn. – -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, commends Congress’s passage of the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act (H.R. 1222).

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Companion legislation (S. 94) was previously passed by the Senate. The bill will return to the Senate for a legislative formality, but is expected to pass by unanimous consent as the bill language is identical, and be sent to President Donald Trump for enactment.

“This has been a key piece of legislation for NSSF to grow and sustain hunting and recreational target shooting that will additionally benefit wildlife conservation. We are deeply appreciative to our leaders on both sides of the aisle and on both sides of Capitol Hill for their perseverance and foresight to benefit state wildlife agencies, recreational target shooting and sustained wildlife conservation,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “This is crucial legislation that will give state fish and game agencies more flexibility to use Pittman-Robertson excise taxes dollars raised from the sale of firearms and ammunition to enhance existing public shooting ranges and to build new ones to meet the growing need for additional places for target shooters to participate in their sport. 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.”

The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, also known as the “Range Bill,” would allow states to use their allocation of Pittman-Robertson funds to begin construction of new ranges, or improve existing state-run public recreational shooting ranges.

Currently, states are required to put up 25 percent of the cost of range construction projects to access the matching 75 percent of funds from Pittman-Robertson allocation. This legislation would allow states to access those funds with a 10 percent match and allow states five fiscal years to acquire land for range construction or expansion projects.

Pittman-Robertson funds are derived from an excise tax paid by firearms and ammunition manufacturers. Since 1937, the fund has generated more than $12.1 billion that has funded wildlife conservation and safety education programs in all 50 states. NSSF estimates more than 80 percent of Pittman-Robertson excise tax contributions are generated by sales attributed to recreational shooting. This means today’s recreational target shooter is an overwhelming contributor to conservation through excise tax support.

NSSF works diligently to remove barriers of entry to hunting and the shooting sports. A recurring concern of those considering taking up recreational shooting as a sport cite having access to a safe range as a priority concern. This legislation’s passage would make it easier for states to enable recreational target shooters to enter the sport, which in turn would generate continued contributions to Pittman-Robertson funds and the conservation programs which it supports.

This legislation has long been a top priority for NSSF as a crucial step forward in promoting, protecting and preserving hunting and the shooting sports. It has been introduced as 29 different numbered bills, since the 110th Congress. In those 14 years, the legislation was included in 15 separate bill packages, that for reasons unrelated to the “Range Bill” failed to reach Congressional consensus.

NSSF is especially grateful to Reps. Kind, Bishop and Hunter, as well as U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Boozman, (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Rounds (R-Utah) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska). All are original co-sponsors.


National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

  • 21 thoughts on “National Shooting Sports Foundation Commends Congress’s Passage of ‘Range Bill’

    1. It is difficult to find a place to shoot unless you live in an open area without many restrictions. Sometimes it is necessary to live in a highly populated area but I have always been fortunate to stay out of cities and in the county where there are, usually, not as many people. I go out in my back yard and shoot and my son and son in law come over and shoot too. The only problem we have is a neighbor that does not like the sound of it. The only solution I have for this person would to move into town. That is one of the reasons I live there.

    2. Believe it or not, in Arizona ” we need ” more recreational target ranges!!! Lots of local anti-gun obstruction for any new range development especially in cities such as Tucson!!!

    3. In Tennessee we have public or semi public ranges. State park near my home has a nice skeet/trap range for instance.

    4. Here in AZ, this will be most welcome. Currently there are few ranges in the state. The ones that do exist are highly regulated with on duty RO’s and lots of city folk attending. I would love to see some rural ranges like we have back in AR. Concrete benches, tin roof , chicken wire at range marks. Them some volunteers to keep it clean from the A-holes that always trash the ranges. Partly self serving, I dont like regulated ranges because I cant go whenever I want (like 0530) and pick up brass.

      1. Those who shoot firearms at one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s state game lands public shooting ranges must possess and carry with them either an annual $30 range use permit or a current general hunting or furtaker license. ​Individuals without a range use permit or hunting or furtaker license may be fined. THIS MUST STOP!!! I’M TAXED AT EVERY TURN! If they take the Pittman-Robertson monies they need to open it to everyone that pays the excise tax.

    5. A “bipartisan” bill that supposedly benefits firearms owners? Sounds like a sham. I would wager that this either:

      1. Is loaded with poison pills and/or doesn’t really provide the benefit claimed in this article. Like it will fund “firearms education” in public schools by radical left groups that does nothing but demonize and discourage firearms ownership.
      2. Was a deal between R’s and D’s to get R’s to vote for future serious anti-2A bills on the D platform.

      In any case, where are all these public, state funded shooting ranges? I’ve lived in 4 western states and never seen nor heard of a state or local government creating or managing a shooting range.

      1. We have one here in the Phoenix area managed by the Game and Fish dept. It is very popular. There should be more in every state. Anything to get people out to see that shooting sports are safe and fun.

      2. As far as I know, New York has zero State owned ranges. Whatever taxes collected from firearm sales will most likely be spent elsewhere. The enormous payroll and benefits packages for State employees, remains in tact and difficult to afford. We’ll see.

      3. Clark County Range in Las Vegas is a wonderful Harry Reid Boondoggle. Love it! Ride quads to different clay pigeon stations. Walking multiple stations. Pistol and rifle ranges. Restaurant.

    6. I wish I lived where I could just open the kitchen window and blast away.
      Here in South Florida it is difficult to find a place to go plinking.
      There are very few outdoor ranges

    7. The yard is a firing range at my house. Couldn’t imagine having to travel to somewhere to bust caps. 5 miles and longer to shoot anything, in any direction. Dinner is found off the porch here not the grocery store. I would attach a photo if it let me of the 16” long Bear hair stuck to the porch post. Black at the roots and then goes to cinnamon brown. Elk, Antelope, Deer, Turkey etc. it’s all right here. We eat hearty.

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