WASHINGTON | U.S. Rep. Tom Reed voted last week in favor of a package of bills aimed at protecting the rights of hunters and fishermen.
The Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act was introduced by Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, and co-sponsored by Reed.
"Caring for our public lands and protecting rights of sportsmen and access for everyone is the right and fair thing to do," Reed said. "Collectively, the bills remove government roadblocks so that everyone can enjoy the resources we have been blessed with."
The package includes measures to:
• protect the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle for hunters, sport shooters and fishermen.
• guarantee Second Amendment rights at water resource sites administered by the Army Corps of Engineers.
• ensure public access to hunters, sport shooters and fishermen on lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
• expand public target ranges for shooting.
• allow states to issue electronic duck stamps.
• establish a Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting and recreational shooting.
"By supporting recreational opportunities in our communities and across the country, we're taking an important step in protecting American jobs and economic growth associated with these outdoor recreational activities," Reed said. "We're proud to support this sportsmen's bill and look forward to future efforts to protect and preserve these traditions."
The bills have been publicly supported by the American Sportfishing Association, Ducks Unlimited, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Conservation Force.