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The SHARE Act

 The Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), a sportsman’s omnibus bill, has been introduced into Congress, and is expected to move. The SHARE Act has absorbed many provisions from previous versions of the bill

  • Eliminates the “sporting purposes” language from the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the law on armor piercing ammunition. Hostile Administrations have used this language to limit importation of firearms and also to erroneously reclassify common ammunition as “armor piercing” and thus “not suited for sporting purposes” and restricted from importation and sale.
  • Creates a blanket exception in the law for shotguns to prevent arbitrary reclassification as destructive devices. Shotguns are only classified as ordinary firearms because of long-standing policy by the Attorney General of exempting them from classification as destructive devices. Hostile administrations in the past have altered or threatened to alter this exception to ban certain semi-automatic shotguns.
  • Moves silencers/suppressors from Title II to Title I, which removes them from classification as an NFA items and instead regulates them the same as ordinary firearms.
  • Limited preemption on states against regulating suppressors.
  • Stops regulation of traditional lead ammunition and fishing tackle under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
  • Enhances the FOPA language to include travel by means other than vehicles.
  • Creates remedies against states that violate the safe travel provisions, including a cause of action and attorney’s fees.
  • Numerous provisions to preserve hunting and fishing for future generations.

This is a pretty substantial bill, and contains a number of provision gun rights proponents have spent years fighting for. Please call your federal lawmakers and urge them to support the SHARE Act.