Colorado's Udall wants more gun ranges

July 3, 2011 at 9:19 PM
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DENVER, July 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., say he aims to allocate federal funding for public shooting ranges.

The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act Udall introduced June 22 would, if passed, channel taxpayer money to create public shooting ranges on government-owned land, The Denver Post reported.

"Shooting ranges have become scarce in Colorado, both on and off public lands, and the ones that remain are often poorly maintained," said Udall, who proposed similar legislation in both 2008 and 2009. "There's an obvious need for this legislation and a lot of support from outdoors groups and people worried about the impacts of dispersed shooting."

The proposal would let states charge the federal government 90 percent of the cost of purchasing land for shooting ranges, the newspaper said. The money would come from a federal tax on hunting gear.

"It would be a triple win for the sporting and conservation communities," Udall said, "States can create higher quality and safer shooting ranges, more Coloradans can take up the sport, and it would generate more money for future conservation and hunter education efforts."

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