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house Bill H.R. 1222

Should States Have More Time to Use Existing Federal Grants for Public Shooting Ranges?

Argument in favor

The relatively short time frame of two years to use Pittman-Robertson funds, along with the requirement that states provide 25% of the funding for public target ranges built with these funds, is preventing states from utilizing these funds. Lowering the state contribution requirement and increasing the amount of time states have to use this money will allow them to make use of these funds.

Colleen's Opinion
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04/29/2019
Gun ranges provide a bigger service than shooting. People learn how to use their guns safely. I took my hunters training at a range. I learned how to shoot a pistol at a range. Gun ranges are not exclusively about target practice. Right away the comments come in about the nra. This gun club provides training and the safety of guns. For all you nra haters, you are aware that not one mass shooting was caused by an nra member. But you don’t want to hear that because it doesn’t fit the liberal anti gun narrative.
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04/29/2019
The gunophobes need to learn about guns and how to use them so they replace their fear with knowledge.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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04/29/2019
I support this Bill, here in northern Nevada we have one public gun range which is tied up with shooting clubs and local law enforcement. It is open three days a week to the public but there is always some shooting event taking place. Going into the desert to shoot being on wild fires from bullets ricocheting off rocks. And trash and debris along with spent cartridges. We need more ranges and this would be a great incentive. There are places in town to pay to shoot but limited to handguns or their equipment.
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Argument opposed

The current requirements of two years to provide 25% matching funding for public target ranges aren’t unduly burdensome to states. It’s reasonable to give Pittman-Robertson funds to the Secretary of the Interior after two years, so they can be redirected to other purposes if states aren’t using them in a timely manner. This bill gives states too much time and requires too little of their own investment in public shooting ranges.

burrkitty's Opinion
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04/29/2019
Special interest funding for special interest groups. No way. Get out of the NRA pocket.
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Cynthia's Opinion
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04/29/2019
Use NRA money not taxpayer money. This country needs less shooting, not more.
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Glowurm's Opinion
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04/29/2019
Hell, no. We are financing public shooting ranges? GO TO HELL! If the Ignorants want a shooting range, pay for it by donations, NOT GRANTS. I DO NOT WANT MY TAX DOLLARS TRAINING YOU ON HOW TO KILL ME AND MY LOVED ONES. God, you People sure have our Congress in your pocket, don’t you? This must not be allowed to continue. End it NOW! Whatever fees are associated with these ranges should be given to victims of gun violence. Not to create more sites such as these!
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    Gun ranges provide a bigger service than shooting. People learn how to use their guns safely. I took my hunters training at a range. I learned how to shoot a pistol at a range. Gun ranges are not exclusively about target practice. Right away the comments come in about the nra. This gun club provides training and the safety of guns. For all you nra haters, you are aware that not one mass shooting was caused by an nra member. But you don’t want to hear that because it doesn’t fit the liberal anti gun narrative.
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    Special interest funding for special interest groups. No way. Get out of the NRA pocket.
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    Use NRA money not taxpayer money. This country needs less shooting, not more.
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    Hell, no. We are financing public shooting ranges? GO TO HELL! If the Ignorants want a shooting range, pay for it by donations, NOT GRANTS. I DO NOT WANT MY TAX DOLLARS TRAINING YOU ON HOW TO KILL ME AND MY LOVED ONES. God, you People sure have our Congress in your pocket, don’t you? This must not be allowed to continue. End it NOW! Whatever fees are associated with these ranges should be given to victims of gun violence. Not to create more sites such as these!
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    No. The majority of public does not own guns or use shooting ranges. This does not serve the public in anyway. This is stealing of public funds for special interests.
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    The gunophobes need to learn about guns and how to use them so they replace their fear with knowledge.
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    I support this Bill, here in northern Nevada we have one public gun range which is tied up with shooting clubs and local law enforcement. It is open three days a week to the public but there is always some shooting event taking place. Going into the desert to shoot being on wild fires from bullets ricocheting off rocks. And trash and debris along with spent cartridges. We need more ranges and this would be a great incentive. There are places in town to pay to shoot but limited to handguns or their equipment.
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    There aren't nearly enough ranges, if people become proficient in the use of their weapons then there is less likely a chance that an accident will occur.
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    This is not the role of the Federal government. States should be responsible for funding their own shooting ranges. This is a libertarian argument. AND NO, the money should not be transferred to “prevent gun violence” because it is a waste
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    No, why is the two-year time frame with 75% of the funds coming from the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act not enough. States need to use it or lose it! A better use of these funds would be for gun safety programs and gun violence prevention programs. We don’t need more gun ranges!
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    Where in the world did the NRA come into this bill. This Rep is trying to make safe places for places to use firearms. Some of us are lucky enough to have our own place but many don’t.
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    Pass this bill! It’s the only bipartisan bill that is helping protect our right to bear arms and actually enjoy shooting sports.
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    It will increase public safety with the weapons. It is not being used for private ranges. If the NRA money was used, then they wouldn’t be public, now would they? Yes, this would be great to train and educate the public on firearms.
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    Why the Devil not........Democrats ? The relatively short time frame of two years to use Pittman-Robertson funds, along with the requirement that states provide 25% of the funding for public target ranges built with these funds, is preventing states from utilizing these funds. Lowering the state contribution requirement and increasing the amount of time states have to use this money will allow them to make use of these funds. SneakyPete.......... 4*29*19..........
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    Repeal the Dickey amendment and reallocate the funds to the CDC to prevent gun violence.
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    Too many guns. Too much shooting.
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    Yes! It is a good sport and what would be good is having classes on shooting, education on proper handling and cleaning of a gun!
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    No. I do not support this proposal.
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    This the opposite direction we need to be moving in. We need to be restricting access to guns and preserving our natural resources. We certainly should not be using federal funds to facilitate improved marksmanship of individuals who may be mentally unstable gun owners. We’ve had enough school & public shootings, so please don’t make it any easier than it already is for mentally unstable individuals to commit mass murder.
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    Why was the current timeline inefficient?
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