S. 1249: Target Practice & Marksmanship Training Support Act

On August 24, 2011, via POPVOX, I sent Senator Reid an email regarding my opposition to S. 1249, Target Practice & Marksmanship Training Support Act.  Here’s the content of my expression of “opposition”:

“I oppose (emphasis added) passage of S. 1249, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act.  It appears this should be a state, not a federal issue.  States issue gun permits.  States issue hunting permits.  Therefore, states should provide for facilities to ensure people know how to properly use those weapons and provide them with opportunities to improve their marksmanship. The federal government is broke, in that we’re borrowing money to pay our current bills.  This is one potential spending bill I believe you should cross off the list of things to pass and spend on.”

Today, I got a response from the Senator’s office:

“Thank you for contacting me to express your support (emphasis added) for greater use of federal lands for recreational shooting. I appreciate hearing from you.

On June 22, 2011, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced (S.1249) the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. This legislation would amend the Pittman-Roberson Wildlife Restoration Act to include the addition or expansion of public recreational shooting areas. This bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Should this legislation make its way to the full Senate, I will remain mindful of your support.

As a gun owner, I welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which made clear that every law abiding citizen has an individual constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  We must work to protect this right by enforcing laws that keep guns away from terrorists and criminals. The rights of responsible gun owners should not be compromised by individuals who use firearms to commit crimes. I have worked diligently to provide Nevada’s gun owners with opportunities to safely enjoy their right to bear arms, such as the Clark County Shooting Park.  You can be certain that I will use my leadership position in the U.S. Senate to defend the Second Amendment and to protect the interests of Nevada’s hunters and shooters.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. For more information about my work for Nevada, my role in the United States Senate Leadership, or to subscribe to regular e-mail updates on the issues that interest you, please visit my Web site at http://reid.senate.gov. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. For more information about my work for Nevada, my role in the United States Senate Leadership, or to subscribe to regular e-mail updates on the issues that interest you, please visit my Web site at http://reid.senate.gov. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.”

It’s no wonder things aren’t going well in Washington.  We take the time to express our opposition … and it appears to be all in vain as they apparently can’t read … or read into it what they want it to say.  Please note that my email was in OPPOSITION … yet the responder believes that I support that bill.

You too can use POPVOX to keep track of your support/opposition to bills.  Because I use POPVOX for tracking my correspondence it was quite easy today for me to check back to see just exactly what it was I wrote.