NSSF urges support for stalled bill to expand public shooting ranges
By Chris Eger
A public shooting range on federal land in Brooklyn, MS. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The trade group for the firearms industry is urging support for a bipartisan measure in the U.S. House that could see the number of shooting ranges available on public land expanded.
The proposal, H.R. 788, was introduced last year and currently has 61 co-sponsors from 34 states including seven Democrats. However, since being reported by the Committee on Natural Resources to the floor in May, the bill has not come up for a vote. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is backing a call to light up Congressional switchboards to move the measure forward before the current Congress ends in January.
“This measure is NSSF’s top legislative priority on sportsmen’s issues,” said the group Monday in a statement. “The bill would provide for increased access to public shooting ranges benefitting recreational target shooters, gun owners, hunters and sportsmen and women without costing taxpayers a dime.”
Under the current guidelines, states must match federal government funding 25 cents on the dollar to begin working on public shooting ranges administered through local conservation agencies. The bill would drop this formula to 90/10 while also allowing funds to accrue for up to five years to