The Pittman-Robertson Modernization Act Celebrates One Year as Law

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The “Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act” recently celebrated its first anniversary. This historic piece of legislation was signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019.

The Pittman-Robertson Modernization Act changed how state wildlife agencies can allocate the funds they receive from the 11% excise tax on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. States now have the flexibility to use the funds for recruitment, retention, and reactivation of hunters and recreational shooters.

Dan Forster, the Archery Trade Association’s Vice-President and Chief Conservation Officer, had high praise for the Pittman-Robertson Modernization Act in a press release from the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports. “It is extremely gratifying to know that because of this legislation, our state fish and wildlife agency partners now have the flexibility to spend federal excise tax (FET) dollars collected on archery equipment more strategically and in ways that can better address modern-day R3 challenges,” he said. “Together, we have made the future of bowhunting and shooting sports a little brighter!”

You can read the full press release by clicking here.


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