Risch backs public shooting ranges

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch trumpeted the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 with a press release last Thursday, Feb. 5, coinciding with the legislation’s introduction to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The bill reprises some provisions of a 2014 bill which the Senate voted to kill at the amendments step of the legislative process.

The Idaho Statesman noted that earlier attempts were “unable to pass due to controversial provisions on issues like important polar bear trophies shot in Canada,” but parts of the bill on wetlands protection and public access are “widely supported.”

Risch touted “one provision of this act would encourage states to create and maintain public shooting ranges…these public ranges could also serve as a place to hold hunter education classes and be used as facilities to train police forces.”

Details are online at

heinrich.senate.gov/sportsmens-act-of-2015.

Video of Risch’s remarks can be found online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kStGoJ04-44.

The bill would provide funding for hunting and fishing access through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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