This bill focuses on public land use and conservation, but deals with everything from polar bears to where people are allowed to have guns. There are eight very different provisions, bundled under the title of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act.
Here's everything the bill does:
- Reauthorizes the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the African Elephant Conservation Act, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994, the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997, the Great Ape Conservation Fund, and the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund through 2020;
- Amends the Toxic Substances Control Act to exempt firearms, ammunition, and sport fishing equipment from chemical regulations;
- Amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to include increased funding for public target ranges and extend a requirement that some money from wildlife restoration funds be used for wetlands conservation projects;
- Requires the Dept. of the Interior to allow hunters to bring polar bear parts into the country if the hunter proves the polar bear was legally killed in Canada before 2008, when the polar became a threatened species;
- Revises the definition of a baited area with regards to the prohibition on killing migratory game birds;
- Prevents the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) from creating or enforcing regulations that ban people from having firearms in water resource development projects;
- Amends the Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000 to allow the Dept. of the Interior to award a multi-year grant for long term conservation research on great apes and their habitats; and
- Amends the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 to allow U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, etc.) to receive federal funding for marine turtle conservation projects.