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House Republicans Push Legislation Attacking Wolves, Polar Bears, Clean Water

House Holding Hearing Tuesday on NRA-driven Sportsmen's Bill That Weakens Gun, Ammunition Restrictions

WASHINGTON— The House Natural Resources Committee, led by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), will hold a hearing Tuesday on legislation that would prematurely strip federal protections from gray wolves, promote polar bear trophy hunting and eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to protect human health and fresh water from toxic lead fishing tackle.

The so-called “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” bill would also scrap the existing national registry for firearm silencers, allow unrestricted transport of weapons across state lines, and limit the federal government’s authority to classify rifle ammunition as “armor piercing.”

“It’s a cynical joke to say this bill helps hunters and sportsmen,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “There’s nothing sportsmanlike about slaughtering wolves or poisoning clean waters. This bill is nothing more than a grab bag of everything the National Rifle Association ever dreamed of.”

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