By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R) from Montrose announced his support for the passage of H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. The SHARE Act was introduced by Rep. Bob Latta (R) from Ohio and is supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.
Congressman Byrne said: “South Alabama has a rich and vibant history of sportsmen. My family has hunted and fished along the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta for generations, exercising our right to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.”
Rep. Byrne continued, “I am taking action to ensure this heritage lives on in future generations. Conservatives must stand together to protect this constitutional right from Washington encroachment. Sacrificing the Second Amendment for an ideological agenda from this Administration is against the intent of the Founding Fathers and violates the bedrock document of our democracy. I will continue looking for ways to demonstrate my commitment to the Second Amendment as I serve the people of Alabama’s First Congressional District.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, endorsed the bill in their own statement, “The SHARE Act is made up of several pro-sportsmen’s bills that will help ensure our outdoor traditions are preserved, protected and promoted. HR 3590 addresses some of the most pressing concerns of American hunters and recreational shooters. Its passage would be a significant accomplishment for the sportsmen’s community and for America. We salute Congressman Latta for his continuing stewardship of this important legislation.”
The SHARE Act is a pro-hunting bill meant to alleviate several burdensome regulations affecting hunters, including loosening regulations on lead-based ammunition for hunting, permitting firearms to be carried on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, and opening more lands for sportsmen. Congressman Byrne cosponsored the bill last week.
Congressman Latta said, “Ensuring that sportsmen and sportswomen have an advisory capacity role across future Administrations is vital for all who enjoy the great outdoors throughout the nation to engage and provide consensus recommendations to federal agencies who will benefit from the Council’s vast experience and expertise.” “I am confident that this legislation will serve to the betterment of current and future generations of hunter-conservationists.”
Byrne also announced that he has cosponsored H.R. 2959, the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, introduced by Representative Richard Nugent (R) from Florida. This bill is also supported by the National Rifle Association. It would allow citizens with a concealed carry permit to cross state lines and continue carrying a concealed weapon as long as they are in compliance with the laws of the state they enter.
Congressman Bradley Byrne was elected in a special election in December to finish the remainder of Congressman Jo Bonner’s (R) term after Bonner resigned. Rep. Byrne has no Republican Primary opponent for his First Congressional District seat.