In spite of constant proposals for more restrictive gun laws at the state and federal, occasionally a bill comes through which is actually good for the community.
H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act of 2019, is just such legislation which gun enthusiasts and gun control activists can both support. The bill allows for responsible gun owners access to practice with their weapon to remain familiar with its use, teach children what it means to be a responsible gun owner, while allowing local law enforcement discretion in how they enforce gun control laws.
What the bill does is to use money from gun sales taxes for public use gun ranges and training classes. Such an endeavor can be important not only to newcomers who have purchased a weapon for self defense, hunting, or target shooting purposes, but also for veterans and people who grew up with guns and know how to responsibly use them. It’s also a win-win for all, but the most enthusiastic of anti-gun activists oppose the idea that people who aren’t responsible enough to understand a weapon can easily own a gun.
Practice ranges are important for a number of reasons. The reason for competitive target shooters is obvious — they need a safe place to practice. Hunters, who tend to use their rifles and shotguns seasonally, need a place to practice as well before the season starts where they can make sure their guns don’t need maintenance — or they might need to sight in new optics they purchased during the off season. People who use weapons for self-defense need to practice regularly to remain familiar with the gun in order for it to be useful in an emergency situation.
A further benefit of the bill is that training classes and gun ranges would be, in theory and for the most part, run by Forest Rangers. Not everybody needs professional advice at the range, but nobody can argue the benefit of having someone around whose job it is to carry and use weapons on a regular basis. The Ranger is going to be experienced with gun maintenance and tune-ups, finding and correcting problems with form or stance, and teaching those concepts to either children or new gun owners.
Assuming it passes, H.R. 1222 is going to be a victory for gun enthusiasts. Any opportunity to allow more freedom with guns is going to be helpful in the long term toward proving responsible gun owners are in fact responsible, which in turn provides an argument against restrictive gun control measures.
~ Ready to Fire News