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Proposed Federal Firearm Legislation SB405

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Title: Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015

Subject: Administrative law and regulatory procedures: Administrative remedies: Agricultural practices and innovations: Army Corps of Engineers: Birds: Canada: Department of Defense: Endangered and threatened species: Farmland: Firearms and explosives: Forests, forestry, trees: Government information and archives: Government liability: Hazardous wastes and toxic substances: Hunting and fishing: Land transfers: Land use and conservation: Legal fees and court costs: Licensing and registrations: Mammals: Outdoor recreation: Parks, recreation areas, trails: Social work, volunteer service, charitable organizations: Solid waste and recycling: State and local finance: Tax-exempt organizations: Television and film: Trade restrictions: User charges and fees: Water use and supply: Wetlands: Wilderness and natural areas, wildlife refuges, wild rivers, habitats: Wildlife conservation and habitat protection: Congressional oversight: Department of the Interior: Motor vehicles: Public lands and natural resources

Description: Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015 This bill revises a variety of existing programs to expand access to, and opportunities for, hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting. The Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act is reauthorized through FY2025. The North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act are reauthorized through FY2020. Components of firearms and ammunition and sport fishing equipment and its components (such as lead sinkers) are exempted from regulations of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The proportion of funding from the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act that states may use for public target ranges is increased. Interior must issue permits for the importation of polar bear parts taken in sports hunts in Canada before May 15, 2008, which is the date the species was listed as threatened. The bill revises standards for determining what a baited area is for purposes of the prohibition on taking migratory game birds. Federal public land management officials must facilitate hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on certain federal public land. Land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service must be open for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting unless the managing agency acts to close the land. This bill provides special rules to expand access to federal land and waterways for film crews of five people or fewer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may not prohibit individuals from possessing a firearm in public areas of a water resources development project. The National Park Service may not prohibit individuals from transporting bows and crossbows if certain requirements are met. Funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund are allocated for priority projects that secure public access to federal public lands for hunting, fishing, and other recreational purposes.

Session: 114th Congress

Last Action: Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 15.

Last Action Date: February 9, 2015



Note: the first sponsor listed is normally the primary sponsor. If a sponsor's name is a hyperlink you can click on it to 'follow the money'.

25 sponsors: Lisa Murkowski (R); Martin Heinrich (D); James Risch (R); Heidi Heitkamp (D); Deb Fischer (R); Joe Manchin (D); Tim Kaine (D); Steve Daines (R); Joe Donnelly (D); John Hoeven (R); Jon Tester (D); John Barrasso (R); Claire McCaskill (D); Tom Cotton (R); Michael Bennet (D); Cory Gardner (R); Angus King (I); Dean Heller (R); Amy Klobuchar (D); Mark Warner (D); Johnny Isakson (R); Kelly Ayotte (R); Lamar Alexander (R); Tom Udall (D); Rob Portman (R);

Percentage of Senate sponsoring bill: 25% (25 of 100)

Chamber Date Action
Senate Feb 9, 2015 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 15.
Senate Feb 5, 2015 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S837-838)
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Introduced Feb 10 2015 federal link bill text
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