Denver, CO – The Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Target Paractice and Marksmanship Training Act (H.R. 3065). The bill provides a better funding mechanism for the development of public shooting ranges for use by the nation’s hunters and shooters.
Originally drafted by the Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance, the Act was introduced in the House by Rep. Heath Shuler (D – NC) and included as Title XII of the Conservation and Economic Growth Act (H.R. 2578). The bill was passed by the House yesterday afternoon with bipartisan support.
The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act amends the Pittman-Roberson Act making it easier to build new shooting and archery ranges while improving existing ones. The bill accomplishes this by eases federal restrictions on the required matching funds local communities need to provide for shooting range projects, and increases the federal cost share of shooting range projects from 75 percent of the cost of the project to 90 percent. Doing so frees more money available by both the Pittman-Robertson Act and local communities that may be used to develop quality shooting ranges. The bill also extends the timeline for local communities to complete a project – allowing them to accrue matching funds over a greater amount of time, or locate additional funding partners.
“By giving states greater flexibility over the use of Pittman-Robertson funds, this bill represents a commonsense solution that helps states and sportsmen. The bill will make more money available to build and maintain public shooting ranges without increasing federal spending,” said Gaspar Perricone, Co-Director of the Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance.
The bill will now go before a vote in the Senate, where it is sponsored by Senator Mark Udall (D – CO).
“Hunting and recreational shooting are an important part of our national heritage,” said Senator Udall. “The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act is a bipartisan, common-sense proposal that improves shooting-range access for sport shooters and hunters. Now that the House has acted, it is time for the Senate to follow suit.”