Law Shield is pleased to note that U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015. Though the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 is a package of pro-sportsmen’s legislation, it might have salutary effects on concealed-carry issues as well.
For instance, in California, lead ammunition is in the process of being banned for hunting by 2019. But because many lead-containing rounds that can be used for carry (from 22 LR to 50 AE) can also be used for hunting, national legislation that pre-empts state laws like California’s might improve bullet availability.
Priorities addressed in the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act include: protecting the traditional use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle by American hunters and anglers, the removal of impediments to the use of Pittman-Robertson funds for shooting ranges and a significant number of provisions to enhance and expand hunting, shooting and fishing access on lands administered by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture.
The legislation enjoys strong support from both sides of the political aisle with Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Co-Chairs U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and CSC Vice-Chairs U.S. Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) serving as original co-sponsors.