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U.S. Sen. Hagan Co-sponsors Bipartisan Bill To Help Build, Maintain Public Shooting Ranges in NC


July 17, 2013. U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC), Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, is cosponsoring a bipartisan bill to help North Carolina build and maintain public shooting ranges for hunters and sportsmen to responsibly practice their sport and promote firearm safety. The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act would allow states to use taxes already collected on sporting equipment and ammunition to establish and maintain public shooting ranges without adding to the deficit.

“There are more than 1.5 million sportsmen and women across North Carolina who could use access to safe places for target practice and training,” said Hagan. “By helping communities across the state invest in public shooting ranges, this bill will go a long way towards continuing North Carolina’s proud tradition of responsible gun ownership, while also boosting our economy. Outdoor recreation contributes more than $19 billion to the state’s economy every year, and expanding recreational shooting areas means supporting job growth in this crucial industry.”

Outdoor recreation supports 192,000 North Carolina jobs, which generate $5.6 billion in wages and salaries and produce $1.3 billion annually in state and local tax revenue.

The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act would allow North Carolina and states across the country to use more of their designated funding generated from federal sales tax to acquire land for, expand, or construct public target ranges. The bill also encourages the federal land management agencies to cooperate with state and local authorities to maintain target ranges on federal land.

Very glad to have Hagan as a Democratic Senator - she is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise grim regional political scene. I believe that a second Democratic Senator and some more Democratic US Representatives would improve our state's (and nation's) politics considerably, but only foresee that outcome if we field pro-2A (& preferably pro-Bill of Rights / all liberties) candidates.


We plan to fight on...

I love this state. It is my chosen home, and I am happily married to a beautiful woman who was born & raised here. I am of course horrified by all that has happened this year under the ReThug tyranny, but I am not ready to cede this ground to the haters. On Monday, my wife & I will join the Tenth Wave of Moral Mondays, dressed in bright purple, and standing up for choice, voting rights, freedom of speech, and much more.

Don't give up on NC yet!


Nice regional prejudice you've got going, there.

Nice regional prejudice you've got going, there. Good thing there's Chicago-style "Democrats" like you to set us ignorant hicks straight... and like Rahm Emmanuel to call us "Fucking retarded" (his words, not mine)... and like Obama to sell-out any and all principles, repeatedly, to the highest corporate bidder...

But I've got good friends in Chicago who are all solid progressives and radicals, so I still won't condemn an entire region based upon your individual inanity (or the two other inane Chicago sellouts I mention).

Have fun waiting another year for your corporate pseudo-health care.

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