Legislation to make it easier to open target shooting ranges cleared a House committee. The House Natural Resources Committee approved the Target Practice & Marksmanship Training Support Act (H.R. 2463). Read about the status of the bill at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:1:./temp/~bdpal9:@@@X|/home/LegislativeData.php|.
The bill would reduce the amount of non-federal match needed to build and operate such ranges when using money from the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. Grantees would only have to put up 10 percent instead of 25 percent and would get five years, up from two in current law, to use the grants.
The full committee approved the bill, bypassing the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans & Insular Affairs. It approved the bill without making technical changes proposed by the Fish & Wildlife Service.
For background on the bill, see the stories linked to below.
Before the full House considers the bill, though, the Judiciary Committee gets to vote on it. It is currently pending before the Subcommittee on the Constitution & Civil Justice.
Companion legislation is pending before the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works.