President Trump released a statement today recognizing and celebrating August as National Shooting Sports Month and with it, his support of hunting and fishing as worthwhile endeavors in the outdoors.
“Shooting sports bring people together and instill comradery among a significant portion of its fellow enthusiasts. The vibrant shooting sport culture is made possible, in large part, by our steadfast protection of one of our bedrock and most-cherished liberties, the right to keep and bear arms,” said President Trump.
“As President, the safety of the American people is my top priority, and I want to ensure that those participating in shooting sports—one of our Nation’s greatest traditions—have the proper facilities to learn how to operate a firearm responsibly. That is why I was proud, earlier this year, to sign into law H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. This important legislation will support State wildlife management agencies as they construct or expand shooting ranges, providing more opportunities for citizens to safely and properly learn marksmanship skills. My Administration has also expanded access to America’s public lands, opening millions of acres for use, including by hunters and recreational shooters. And, in June, my Administration announced a plan to open an additional 1.4 million acres in national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries to new or expanded hunting, fishing, and recreational opportunities. These actions will help ensure a perpetual investment in wildlife and habitat conservation, foster responsible stewardship, and increase interest in shooting sports for current and future generations,” the President continued.
“Safari Club International celebrates with President Donald J. Trump and his administration in acknowledging the contribution hunters have made to this great country,” said SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin. “SCI members appreciate the great strides made by this administration in providing more recreational shooting opportunities. We look forward to continuing a great working relationship with all levels of government as they work to implement scientifically-based conservation management programs.”