The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 was created to preserve hunting and conserve wildlife. It places an eleven percent Federal excise tax on hunting equipment, including, shockingly, guns.
But a lot has changed since 1937. Back then, we had a quasi-socialist in the White House know for his skill with the mass media and was utterly incompetent at handling a devastating financial crisis.
Oh, and the Cubs sucked back then too. Ok, maybe not that much has changed.
One thing that has changed since 1937 is why we use guns. Back then, hunting was the primary shooting sport. Now, however, we have Gun Culture 2.0, which is driven by personal defence, competition and target shooting, leaving hunting in fourth place when it comes to the shooting sports.
The problem is, Pittman-Robertson still allocates revenue as if hunting was as popular as it was back in 1937. While this is good for wildlife conservation and preservation, it kinda sucks if you want to spend the money raised from gun sales on what people actually do with a gun these days, i.e. not hunting.
The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Act has been introduced to help solve this. It gives the states more flexibility when it comes to spending the money raised by Pittman Robertson and allows for more shooting opportunities on Federal land. It deserves our support, and that’s where you come in. We’re blessed here in The Copper State to have firearms-friendly lawmakers, but they still need reminding from time to time. And if you’re from out of state and you’re reading this, call or write your Senator today and urge them to support this legislation.