Introduced on Monday by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), H.R. 4089, the “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012,” has already cleared the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee by a 27-16 vote and will head to the full House for consideration.
H.R. 4089 is a compilation of four different bills (H.R. 991, H.R. 1558, H.R. 2834 and H.R. 3440) that promote America’s hunting heritage. This legislation will positively impact hunting and shooting opportunities throughout the country and is fully supported by the NRA.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the four bills that make up H.R. 4089:
H.R. 991, “The Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act of 2011,” amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) by authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to issue importation permits to hunters for polar bear trophies taken before the polar bear was listed as “threatened.”
H.R. 1558 amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prevent this and future administrations from using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to eliminate the right of hunters, shooters and anglers to use traditional ammunition and fishing tackle.
H.R. 2834, “The Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act,” recognizes the rightful place of recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting on federal lands; supports Executive Order 13443, which directs federal land management agencies to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting on federal lands; and ensures sound scientific management of wildlife and habitat.
H.R. 3440, “The Recreational Shooting Protection Act,” prevents a ban on recreational shooting on BLM monuments.
For more information from NRA-ILA on H.R. 4089 and each individual bill it contains, click here.