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Emerson Votes for Sportsmen's Heritage Act


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U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) today voted for HR 4089, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act, legislation to protect American hunting and fishing in a variety of ways.

"American sportsmen are some of the most passionate defenders of our beautiful natural resources in Missouri and around the country. In many places, access to traditional hunting and fishing sites is threatened by new policies and plans at bureaucratic agencies which close off federal lands to recreational activities. We have to protect Americans' rights to enjoy the outdoors, to hike, to hunt and to fish, and we have to be vigilant to make sure our Second Amendment rights are preserved," Emerson said.

The bill requires federal land managers to facilitate hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land, requires BLM to justify recreational shooting closures on federal lands, and protects the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle.

"Legislation is unfortunately necessary to protect ammunition and fishing tackle from aggressive actions by federal agencies seeking to take these items out of Americans' homes and hands though ridiculous regulations," Emerson said. "This bill is proof that the overreach of the Administration affects every family in the nation, down to the most traditional activities we enjoy in the little recreational time we have."

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