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Simpson Supports Sportsmen’s Bill to Protect Hunting and Fishing on Public Lands

Washington- Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supports legislation protecting Americans’ access to hunting, fishing and shooting on public lands.  H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, would ensure federal land managers continue to allow reliable access to public lands and protect Second Amendment rights. H.R. 2406 passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 242-161. 

“In Idaho, we love to hunt, fish, and enjoy other forms of recreation on our public lands - it is why we live here,” said Simpson. “Today’s legislation is extremely important to protecting that access and ensures that hunters and anglers continue to enjoy traditional recreational activities, even as land management plans change.”

Also included in the bill is a provision that allows for firearms to be legally carried on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Congressman Simpson has championed this issue in the past, authoring language in his Energy & Water appropriations bill that would also allow possession of firearms on Corp of Engineers lands. H.R. 2406 also exempts lead ammo and tackle from Environmental Protection Agency regulations and provides the right to transport crossbows on National Park Service lands.

The SHARE act was endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF), and a diverse group of sportsmen’s organizations.

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