Friday, November 30, 2012

The Sportsmen's Act of 2012 and the Consitution

The Sportsmen's Act of 2012 (a collection of 17 bills) recently did not receive enough votes in procedural proceedings and was withdrawn.

A number of organizations are rising hell and pressuring anyone who will listen to contact there senators and have them bring the bill back to the floor of the senate so it can be voted on and passed.

The NRA says:

S. 3525 is an essential piece of legislation focused on the expansion and enhancement of hunting, recreational fishing and shooting on federal public land.  But it's more than that. 

Of critical importance is the fact that, in addition to promoting land access, S. 3525 would amend the "Toxic Substances Control Act" to prevent this and future administrations from using the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the right of hunters, shooters and anglers to use traditional ammunition and fishing tackle.  The bill would amend the law to clarify that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate shot, bullets or sport fishing equipment. 

The bill also allows for the importation of polar bears legally taken from approved populations in Canada before the 2008 ban. 

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The problem with the bill that it has a Duck Stamp tax increase of $10 and is unconstitutional as it did not originate in the House of Representatives:

Article I, Section 7 states that all revenue bills shall originate in the House of Representatives

This Duck Stamp Tax increase did not originate in the House!  One more time, This Duck Stamp Tax increase did not originate in the House!

Are we at the point that the constitution of the U.S.A. is just an outdated piece of paper that has no meaning?

Bring the bill back without the funding increase....

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