U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement in support of H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012. This legislation is supported by the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation as well as Safari Club International, as the bill seeks to protect hunting and fishing on public lands and preserve the use of traditional ammunition and fishing tackle.
Broun said, "Our sportsmen devote their time, money and efforts toward ensuring that our nation's fish and wildlife are sustainable for all Americans to enjoy. In return, I whole-heartedly support the passage of the Sportsmen's Heritage Act so that we can protect our hunters and anglers' rights while also fostering land conservation nationwide. This bill guarantees that future generations can continue to hunt, fish, and enjoy the God-given natural resources that were bestowed on this country."
"Safari Club International applauds Congressman Broun's strong support of the Sportsmen's Heritage Act and his efforts to bring it to the House floor. Important language from Congressman's Broun's bill, H.R. 1444, is central to the Sportsmen's Heritage Act. This language requires federal agencies to facilitate hunting, fishing and target shooting opportunities on public lands and will help guarantee the protection of our outdoor heritage for generations to come," said Melissa Simpson, Safari Club International Director of Government Affairs and Science Based Wildlife Conservation.
"The passage of HR 4089 is unprecedented and is largely the result of the bipartisan collaboration of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus," says Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation President Jeff Crane. "The CSF has been working with Congressman Paul Broun and other Caucus members for several years on a sportsmen's package, and we are thrilled to see our efforts finally come to fruition."
The Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012 is a compilation of four pro-hunting, fishing, and shooting bills offered by Congressmen Jeff Miller, Don Young, Jeff Flake, and Dan Benishek. Congressman Broun is a cosponsor of each one of the individual bills and also had the opportunity to amend Benishek's bill, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, during Natural Resources mark-up. In the past two Congresses, Broun has introduced H.R. 1444, legislation to require that hunting activities be considered as a land use in all management plans for federal land. Broun offered H.R. 1444 as a complimentary amendment to Rep. Benishek's legislation, and the language is included in the final Sportsmen's Heritage Act being voted on today.