WASHINGTON – Rep. Jackie Walorski issued the following statement after supporting legislation in the House that would protect and increase opportunities for recreational hunting, shooting, and fishing:
“As an avid outdoorsman, proud gun owner, and a member of the Congressional Sportsmen Caucus, one of my priorities in Congress is to protect our outdoors and public lands and to ensure that they can be enjoyed by all,” Walorski said. “For decades, anti-hunting organizations have used the courts to block hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting on public lands that could, and should, be open. Not only will this commonsense legislation protect our hunters’ Constitutional rights, but it will also expand hunting access on millions of acres of public land.”
H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, would require the Federal Public Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service Lands to open its land to these activities unless federal wildlife managers find cause to close them.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 242-161 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.