WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), who holds a lifetime A rating from the National Rifle Association, voted today for several legislative measures to support and defend Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.
“Too often the federal government gets involved in our lives in ways it shouldn’t,” Shimkus said. “H.R. 2406 would protect sportsmen’s access to federal lands for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting.”
The legislation, called the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, passed the House 242-161 on Friday. Shimkus also took the pro-2nd Amendment position on two key amendments to the bill. Those amendments were:
· Rep. Beyer (VA) Amendment #15 – Shimkus voted NO
The amendment would prohibit an individual who is prohibited from possessing a firearm by the Gun Control Act from using a public target range. Shimkus voted against the amendment because the acquisition or possession of a firearm by a person subject to 18 U.S.C. 922(g) – under any circumstance or for any purpose – is already a federal felony.
· Rep. Griffith (VA) Amendment #12 – Shimkus voted YES
The amendment reaffirms that law-abiding Americans lawfully transporting un-loaded and inaccessible firearms are not subject to local gun control ordinances.
A comprehensive summary of the bill, and all amendments offered to it, can be found HERE.