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The Sportsmen's Act of 2012 FINAL VOTE EXPECTED MONDAY
Call your U.S. Senators 202-224-3121
All hunters, target shooters and firearms owners should call your senators on Monday and urge them to vote YES on the Sportsmen's Act (S.3525), the most important package of measures for the benefit of sportsmen in a generation.
Do not be confused by the mistaken information put out by one national gun owners organization. S.3525 does not override current laws and thereby enable the seizure of privately-held land.
This historic legislation includes the firearms industry's top legislative priority, the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (S. 838) that would clarify that ammunition is excluded from regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Anti-hunting groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity are suing the EPA to force a ban on traditional ammunition made with lead components that would devastate hunting and shooting sports participation, drive up ammunition prices by almost 200 percent on average and dry up conservation funding.
No less than 46 of the nation's leading sportsmen and conservation groups including NRA, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, American Sportfishing Association, International Game Fish Association, Center for Coastal Conservation, and Boone and Crockett Club are championing S.3525. This bipartisan legislation is strongly supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
A similar package of bills--the Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089)--was passed by the House in the spring by a bipartisan vote of 276 to 146. Passage of this pro-sportsmen's legislation will promote, protect and preserve our nation's hunting, shooting and conservation heritage for generations to come.
Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to urge your senators to SUPPORT the Sportsmen's Act of 2012. Find complete contact information for your elected officials here.
Visit NSSF's Government Relations site at nssf.org/GovRel
The Sportsman's Act of 2012 is quite possibly one of the most important pieces of legislation to come along in a generation. This bill which was sponsored by Sen. Tester from Montana has a very good chance of being passed into law. But we need to give Sen. Reid a little push to get this across the finish line. We need you to put in calls to Sen Reid's office today! The message is simple Here are the talking points.
*Tell Sen. Reid thank you for his work moving this bill through the senate.
*Ask Sen. Reid to make sure this bill passes out of the Senate.
Please remember this one very important point. No mater what political party you align with or whatyour opinion is of Sen. Reid , this bill is a good bill for sportsman. Sen Reid has helped to guide this bill through the senate and has kept this bill from becoming a "Christmas Tree" bill full of amendments and other extraneous non-sense. He has also been able to stave off attacks from the far left that wanted to remove language about prohibiting the EPA's regulation of lead bullets. So please take a couple of minutes to make the phone call. This is a critical moment for sportsmen to get involved!!!
It's that simple. It will take you less than two minutes to make this call but it can make all the difference in the world.
Please Call Sen. Reid's office today. Here's the number
If your not convinced, read the two articles below.
One of the biggest bills in a generation comes up for a cloture vote in the U.S. Senate this Thursday. That means there must be 60 Senators who think that a bill widely praised by the NRA, Boone and Crockett Club, and just about every big sportsman’s organization should pass without bogging down in the time-tested stall tactics our elected officials like to engage in.
We’ve covered the details of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 here before, but now that the election year frivolity is over, it’s time for Congress to get back to business. Before the Senate broke in October for some much-needed time away from lobbyists to campaign, the Senate voted on another procedural motion on this bill. The motion passed 84-12. That’s a commanding margin of victory for anyone who’s worked in the politics of outdoors recreation.
Montana Sen. Jon Tester, the bill’s author, should be commended highly for his ability to work with different interest groups to get a bill that truly will increase the number of acres of public land available to hunters and anglers, as well as streamline regulation of lead shot, importation of legally harvested polar bears, and reauthorization of funding for conservation programs that ensure we have abundant game on our public land.
The fight for the Sportsmen’s Act isn’t over. The NRA, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, and a host of other national, regional and local groups are calling all hands to lobby their senators for passage.
You should stand up and be counted as well. It’s not often that Congress can agree on anything. Let’s let them know that hunters and anglers want them to work together to solve problems, not just stare at each other and cause more.
Write your Senator, and after this passes the Senate, write your Congressman as well. Good legislation like this deserves to be passed. It helps out not only our hunting and angling today, but ensures a vibrant future that we can hand down to our children and grandchildren.
Also read this
Senate aims for post-Thanksgiving passage of sportsmen's package, sans amendments
Phil Taylor, E&E reporter
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012
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The Senate after Thanksgiving plans to finish work on a bill to improve access to public lands for hunters and anglers after leaders agreed yesterday that no amendments will be offered.
The chamber on the evening of Monday, Nov. 26, is scheduled to hold two votes on Sen. Jon Tester's (D-Mont.) "Sportsmen's Act of 2012" (S. 3525).
The first vote will be on whether to waive the Budget Control Act and will require a 60-vote threshold, according to a Democratic aide. Such a move would not be unprecedented.
The package would reduce the deficit by about $5 million over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. But Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) yesterday said he has confirmed with Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) that the bill would violate budget law and said he intends to raise a budget point of order.
If the vote succeeds, a second vote will be held to pass a substitute amendment to the bill that would exclude provisions in the original bill involving billfish and a study of offshore rigs on marine life, the aide said. That vote will only require a simple majority.
Similar billfish legislation to reduce overfishing of marlins, spearfish and other species with a long, pronounced spear on their upper jaw was signed into law by President Obama last month (Greenwire, Oct. 9).
The rig study will be removed from Tester's bill at the request of Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and David Vitter (R-La.), who are already working on the issue with stakeholders in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the aide.
Yesterday's agreement on a path forward sparked optimism among supporters who have called Tester's sportsmen's package the biggest in a generation. Tester first offered the bill as an amendment to the Senate farm bill this summer.
The bipartisan package of about 20 bills is endorsed by the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and dozens of other groups.
Some environmental groups and Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Jack Reed of Rhode Island remain opposed to provisions barring U.S. EPA from regulating lead ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act and allowing the importation of polar bear trophies harvested legally in Canada.
Major environmental groups have been silent on the overall bill, but there has been considerable internal debate.
"Environmental groups have been doing exactly what [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid tells them to do, even if it is anti-environmental," said one environmentalist, who opposes the bill but asked not to be named.
Tester's bill would conserve wetlands, allow funding for shooting ranges on public lands and safeguard the use of lead bullets and fishing tackle, among other provisions. It would also extend a decade-old law that allows federal agencies to conserve sensitive habitats using proceeds from the sales of lower-value federal lands.
It also would allow the Fish and Wildlife Service to raise more money from the sale of duck stamps, which fund wetlands conservation, while expanding a program that allows the stamps to be purchased online.
Oct. 24, 2012
Federal government targets sportsmen's dollars to reduce deficit Conservation of wildlife resources and your outdoor recreation heritage is at risk!
“The Greatest Story Never Told” is the mantra being extolled by the nation’s wildlife conservation community in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Fund (WSFR). Farsighted and forward-looking sportsmen worked with Congress in 1937 to pass the Pittman-Robertson Act, whereby excise taxes on hunting equipment flow into a trust fund that is one of the most significant sources of funding for state wildlife conservation efforts. Subsequent amendments of the act and passage of the Dingell-Johnson Act and the Wallop-Breaux Act have since added excise taxes from fishing equipment, archery tackle and motorboat fuel to grow the funding available for wildlife conservation. By law, your dollars are allocated to each state to support important conservation work on the ground and to keep critical wildlife programs going. Since 1939, the State of Arizona has integrated these funds, along with dedication of license-based revenues, into the core of our financing for wildlife conservation. With these resources, the state has been able to restore elk and bighorn sheep populations, construct and operate boat ramps and shooting ranges, restore native trout species, develop a modern hatchery program and continue conservation of our wildlife heritage.
Your funds have been untouched in the 75 year history of the WSFR fund and have been used only for conservation. In order to participate in the program and receive these funds, each state and territory made legal, binding commitments that these funds (and license fees) would be used only for wildlife conservation in specific, approved programs. Ironically, the current administration’s Office of Management and Budget has decided that your funds must be withheld (sequestered) under provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2012. While this action only keeps funds from being allocated to state wildlife agencies (for now) and does not in and of itself divert your funds, it does set the stage for future Congressional action which could sweep these funds from the trust accounts into the federal treasury. The fact that this diversion is occurring during the 75th anniversary of the WSFR Act is the ultimate irony. Federal agencies charged with the fiduciary protection of this trust fund are now the architects of the only authorized diversion in the fund’s history.
Because of explicit language in the original acts, these funds are to be allocated to the states and are not subject to annual Congressional appropriation. It is difficult to understand how these funds are now subject to the provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2012. Excise taxes would still be collected from manufacturers of hunting and fishing equipment and excise taxes would be paid by hunters, anglers, archers, boaters and shooters. Interest will still accrue in the various accounts. However, the new action of the Budget Control Act automatically denies the full allocation of funds to each state for their intended purpose of fish and wildlife conservation. This should be a critical concern to all sportsmen and conservationists. Under the Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service, every state would see funding reductions in administration, multi-state grants, boating safety, wildlife and sport fish restoration (WSFR) that will directly affect the department’s ability to do on-the-ground conservation, permanent agency jobs, agency resources and agencies’ ability to provide public access for hunting, fishing, boating and shooting. Conservation of wildlife resources and your outdoor recreation heritage is at risk, no matter what your choice of hobby, sport or pursuit. For Arizona, the impact for 2013 could be as much as $3 million with cuts to Wildlife Restoration, Sport Fish Restoration, Boating Safety and other programs.
State wildlife agencies have been working diligently with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Interior to exempt State Trust Funds from being sequestered, but to no avail. Remember, these are your dollars as a sportsman or as a manufacturer of hunting and fishing equipment. If you are an Arizona citizen, your dollars support wildlife-related recreation that is a $2 billion economic driver annually; more than golf, more than professional sports. The federal administration needs to know how the sequestration of these funds and the impacts on your programs here in Arizona will affect you personally (contacts listed below). You may also want to contact your Congressional Representatives on this issue.
DOI Secretary Ken Salazar
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Phone: (202) 208-3100
USFWS Director Dan Ashe
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240
White House – Council on Environmental Quality
Council on Environmental Quality
722 Jackson Place, N.W.
Washington, DC 20503
Phone: (202) 395-5750
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — An animal advocate has been named to the Nevada Wildlife Commission — the first such appointment in recent memory to a board that has come under fire by critics who say it's unfairly stacked with hunters.
Karen Summers Layne is president of the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. She was appointed to the nine-member policy board by Gov. Brian Sandoval on Oct. 3. Her appointment follows that of former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young in July.
"It's going to be an interesting position," Layne told The Associated Press.
Layne, 65, spoke against hunting black bears when the commission held hearings on instituting Nevada's inaugural bear season in 2010. The hunting season was ultimately approved and continues.
"I'm not a fan of bear hunting. That's not going to be a surprise to anybody," she said.
She also has worked on trapping regulations for the Mount Charleston region outside Las Vegas, an effort she said helped forge a working relationship with other members of the commission.
Commission Chairman Jack Robb said Layne and Young "bring a breadth of experience and knowledge" to the board.
"The wildlife issues we face today are not like those faced by our predecessors," Robb said. "The commission needs a diversity of perspectives to help address the unique and complex wildlife issues in Nevada."
But the news didn't go over well with some hunters.
Andrew Williams, 49, a sportsman from Fernley, said an animal advocate has no place on the commission that sets policy on how elk, mule deer and other big game species are managed — a task that includes setting annual quotas on how many tags are issued to hunters who want to kill them for meat or trophy antlers.
"Putting someone like that on the board is just a slap in the face to people who hunt and fish in this state," he said.
As a public representative on the commission, Layne said she hopes her involvement will bring greater awareness of public opinion when it comes to managing wildlife.
"I think you always have to temper what you want to do given the long history of the commission," she said. "I think the fact that the governor put me on the commission says a lot."
Trish Swain, founder of TrailSafe Nevada, a group seeking tougher trapping regulations, hailed Layne's appointment as "absolutely groundbreaking," but added the commission's newest member won't bring an immediate shift in wildlife management.
"I can't image how one new person will change the nature of the board," she said.
Kathryn Bricker, executive director of NoBearHuntNV, a group formed to oppose bear hunting, agreed.
"This is a token gesture but is one that is appreciated," Bricker said "There's going to be a lot of 8-1 votes." she said.
Dennis Wilson, president of Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, conceded that Layne's appointment has caused a lot of angst among sportsmen.
"There are a number of members who are not happy," he said.
But Wilson said he knows Layne and spoke with her Wednesday.
"I know her and respect her," he said. "She is intelligent, passionate and professional. She is willing to listen, to carefully consider every angle.
"We are not going to always agree," Wilson said. "But our goal ... is to keep an open and communicative relationship with her so we can work together for the betterment of Nevada's wildlife."
Layne holds a doctorate degree in public administration, and is retired both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Las Vegas Police Department, where she worked as planning director.
She becomes only the sixth woman to serve on the commission.
During an interim legislative subcommittee hearing earlier this, critics argued for the dissolution of the commission or the restructuring of the Department of Wildlife — the agency that implements wildlife management — to give "non-consumptive" animal lovers a greater say on wildlife issues.
"Our wildlife is a treasure," Swain said during a March hearing. "Today's tourist wants their wildlife alive."
Department of Wildlife officials and sportsmen groups said federal money along with fees paid by sportsmen fund most of the agency's budget. Groups such as Nevada Bighorns Unlimited and others also contribute big dollars for conservation efforts.
But some lawmakers said that doesn't mean hunters should dictate wildlife management.
Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas, at the time said it was a "cultural problem" that hunters and trappers feel the agency's job to protect their interests.
Carlton said Tuesday that she welcomed Layne's appointment.
"I'm glad the governor has picked her and she will bring a good voice and work hard on the issues," she said.
Open letter to Nevada' Republican Leadership
Please see attached the letter that LV City Councilman Bob Beers sent to Sheriff Gillespie concerning the Sheriff’s Handgun Registration Program. Our thanks to Councilman Beers for his interest in this issue. Please feel free to express your gratitude to him as well. We are looking forward to another response from the Sheriff. Las Vegas City Council has two Councilmen that sit on METRO’s fiscal affairs committee, as well as two members of the Clark County Commission. Please check out our postings on our Facebook page. Please forward to other gun owners on your email list.
Nevada Firearms Coalition
The County Manager responded to our request for audit. His letter and our response is attached.
Please feel free to distribute as appropriate. Request that your friends check out our Nevada Firearms Coalition Facebook page, and sign the on line petition.
Dear Arizona SCI Members:
SCI is seeking current members who hunt in the Kaibab National Forest, including but not limited to areas such as the Kaibab Plateau. SCI is considering moving to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Center for Biological Diversity against the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to ban lead ammunition use in the forest. CBD claims that the lead used in ammunition harms condors and other raptors.
Anna M. Seidman
Director of Litigation
Safari Club International
TEN STEPS TO END METRO’s HANDGUN REGISTRATION PROGRAM!
On September 16, 2012, the Review Journal posted an article by Steve Helsley titled “Nevada Views: Is gun registration worth cost?” This is an excellent article that details the current Clark County Sheriff’s budget issue and his worthless handgun registration program. The Sheriff is asking for more tax money for his department’s operation. It’s estimated that this program costs approximately $2 Million dollars a year. The reason for this program is an excuse by the Sheriff to SEIZE and NOT RETURN a non registered handgun. The law doesn’t require you to carry the “blue card” with your handgun, but if you don’t, citizens have been subject to long detentions waiting for verification. There are LOTS wrong with the program, but it costs too much for what it is worth. He should be forced to eliminate non effective programs before he is given one dime more of tax money. He could even use the savings from this program to put more deputies on the street.
Now is the time to end this program, but your help is needed. There are ten things you as a gun owner can do to end this program now.
1. Write a letter to the editor of the Review Journal, reference this article and demand the elimination of the handgun registration program as a waste of tax money.
2. Email a respectful email to the members of the Clark County Board of County Commissioners requesting the elimination of this wasteful program. See email addresses below.
3. Email a respectful email to the members of the Las Vegas City Council and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Fiscal Affairs Committee requesting the elimination of this wasteful program. See email addresses below.
4. Forward this email to all your friends, coworkers and contacts that support your gun rights.
5. Visit our Facebook page at: Nevada Firearms Coalition and keep up to date on our activities to end this program.
6. Sign our on line petition posted on our FB page to the County Commission to end this program.
7. Sign the petitions at your gun stores, gun shows, etc. to end this program.
8. Join the NRA (you can do it on line at the NVFAC web page) if you are not a member now.
9. Visit our web page at: Nevada Firearms Coalition and join our Coalition. Help us with this issue and others coming up at the legislature.
10. Register to vote and vote!
Clark County Commissioners: Susan Brager, Chair, Steve Sisolak*, Tom Collins, Larry Brown*, Lawrence Weekly, Chris Giunchigliani, Mary Beth Scow. Their email addresses are posted at:
Your Clark County Elected Officials
LV Metropolitan Police Department Fiscal Affairs Committee: James Hammer, Chair, County Commissioner Larry Brown*, County Commissioner Steve Sisolak*, Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow, Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony
City Council (Official City of Las Vegas Web Site)
Nevada Firearms Coalition
We are circulating a hard copy petition to the Clark County Commission as well as an electronic petition for the elimination of the Clark County Handgun Registration Program. Please feel to distribute, print, distribute as appropriate.