NSSF, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, praised the U.S. Congress for the swift and overwhelmingly decisive vote to rebuke President Joe Biden’s unprecedented move to defund scholastic hunter education and archery programs available for youths.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5110, the Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act, in a 424-1 vote, and the U.S. Senate hot-lined the legislation, passing it by unanimous consent. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Reps. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) and Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) is now headed to President Biden’s desk for consideration.
The White House has not signaled whether the president will sign or veto the legislation. However, Congress approved the bill in a rare and overwhelming veto-proof majority. Should the president veto the legislation, Congress could override the president’s veto and enact the law.
“This is a tremendous victory for true and proven firearm safety, as well as a reminder of how Congress can unite to protect the American public from special-interest driven agendas,” said Lawrence G. Keane, National Shooting Sports Foundation Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
“This should have never been an issue. Congress never wrote into the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that hunter education and archery programs were ineligible for funding. That was a unilateral decision to appease gun control and anti-hunting special interests. It was an unforced error that the Biden administration refused to acknowledge. Congress, as the representatives of the people, has spoken and spoken loudly and clearly.”
NSSF admonished the Biden administration for claiming the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) forbid the funding of school-based hunter education and archery programs. That was never in the language or intent of the law. Congress appealed to the Biden administration to reverse course in several bipartisan and bicameral letters. The Biden administration could have resolved the issue by simply reversing the policy to deny funds for the essential scholastic programs by ending the policy put into place by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
Congress acted when administration officials refused.
Congress debated and passed the Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act less than two months after it was introduced. NSSF is deeply grateful to Congressmen Green and Hudson for their leadership to restore hunter education and archery funding for schools, as well as for Congress for setting aside partisan politics to represent the interests of all Americans and true and proven firearm safety programs.
About The National Shooting Sports Foundation
NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org