On February 5, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) advanced S. 94, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, which is a longstanding priority of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF). S. 94 was introduced by Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Member Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV) along with numerous bipartisan original cosponsors.
This legislation would amend the Pittman-Robertson Act to help increase public access to public target shooting ranges for sportsmen and women. Specifically, S. 94 would provide flexibility to state agencies by reducing the state and local fund match requirement for the construction, operation, and maintenance of public target shooting ranges from 25% to 10%. Furthermore, this legislation would allow state agencies to accrue funds for the construction of public target shooting ranges for a period of five years as opposed to the current limitation of two years. This added flexibility would provide states additional opportunities to build and develop shooting range projects over multiple budget cycles while enhancing their ability to maintain existing ranges.
Earlier this month, CSF and partner organizations sent a letter to EPW Committee Chairman Senator John Barrasso (WY) and Ranking Member Senator Tom Carper (DE) in support the Committee of favorably reporting the bill.
S. 94 now awaits to be scheduled for a Senate floor vote.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.52%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (11.52%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (64.40%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (12.57%)