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.
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.