Congress works to reopen gun ranges
Gun owners have been shafted for years, and a bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives on Friday stands to change things for the better. Hunters, recreational shooters and other gun owners pay an 11 percent excise tax, established under the Pittman Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, on ammunition and other hunting and shooting equipment. It generates more than $700 million each year that is supposed to establish, restore and protect wildlife habitats and provide for hunter education. That means gun owners pay a tremendous amount toward maintaining and improving public lands, such as our national forests and properties governed by the Bureau of Land Management.
IIRC, half of the money was supposed to go for ranges.