Here’s the B.S. response to my input on the “sportsmen’s” bill I received from Senator Maria Cantwell…
Dear Mr. Robertson,
Thank you for contacting me about Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you know, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act (S. 2363) on May 20, 2014. If enacted, this legislation would enact a number of measures to facilitate the use of federal public lands and waters for fishing, sport hunting, and recreational shooting. This legislation would also expand the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to aid communities and protect our natural resources.
The Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act would also amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow the Department of Interior to issue permits to import polar bear trophies from Canada, if the following conditions are met: the polar bear trophy was taken by an individual during a sport hunt in Canada; the individual submits proof that the polar bear was legally harvested before February 18, 1997; and the permit was requested before March 15, 2008, when polar bears were added to the threatened species list. The legislation does not allow any more polar bears to be harvested. This legislation amends the Toxic Substances Control Act to exclude any firearm, bullet components, or sport fishing equipment from the definition of “chemical substance.” These provisions would effectively remove these articles from regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act. On February 6, 2014, the House of Representatives passed a similar bill, the Sportsman’s Heritage Act (H.R. 3590).
In Washington State, we are blessed to live near, work by, and play in some of America’s most iconic national parks, forests, and wilderness areas. Safe access to diverse recreational opportunities on federal public lands is vital to maintaining our natural heritage and quality of life. Our waterways, coastal regions, and open spaces are used by many people for many reasons. Our coasts and open spaces are areas where many priorities, including hunting and fishing, interact and can conflict with one another, especially where space is limited.
I believe these areas are precious resources and that protection of these areas is essential for the collective benefit of current and future generations. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should I have the opportunity to consider this legislation in the future.
Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator