When Congress reconvened this week, one of the first items the U.S. Senate voted on was S. 3525, “The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012.”
S. 3525 is an essential piece of legislation focused on the expansion and enhancement of hunting, recreational fishing and shooting on federal public land. But it’s more than that.
Of critical importance is the fact that, in addition to promoting land access, S. 3525 would amend the “Toxic Substances Control Act” to prevent this and future administrations from using the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the right of hunters, shooters and anglers to use traditional ammunition and fishing tackle. The bill would amend the law to clarify that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate shot, bullets or sport fishing equipment.
The bill also allows for the importation of polar bears legally taken from approved populations in Canada before the 2008 ban.
Last week, a motion to proceed to S. 3525 passed by a vote of 84 to 7. This week, Senators voted 84-12 to advance S. 3525.
The bill now awaits a vote on final passage, which is scheduled for Monday, November 26.