HR 2591 : NRA’s “Money for Nothing and Ads For Free” Bill aka Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund

Position: Oppose Status: Inactive

This bill is "The NRA's Money For Nothing & Ads For Free" bill.

The first section of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669) is amended by adding at the end the following: “One of the purposes of this Act is to provide financial and technical assistance to the States for the promotion of hunting and recreational shooting.”.


Senate - 09/17/2018 Received in the Senate, read twice, referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Passed House on 09/12/2018; moved to Senate Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8] (Introduced 05/22/2017) 30 cosponsors (R 27, D 3) Committees: House - Natural Resources, Senate - Environment and Public Works

The bill has already passed the House. While action in the Senate is unlikely, please call Oregon’s senators to tell them to vote NO on HR 2591.

Senator Ron Wyden: (503) 326-7525

Senator Jeff Merkley: (503) 326-3386

The purpose of the bill is to use taxpayer money to increase sales for the gun industry by recruiting hunters and shooters. Activities and projects to recruit and retain hunters include using social media, marketing, print ads, television ads, range construction, and “any other means to ensure the growth of hunting and recreational shooting, as determined by the Secretary…” of the Interior.

The NRA should send a thank you note to Congress and the US taxpayers.

From Section 3(3) of HR 2591:

“(3) the term ‘hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment’ means any activity or project to recruit or retain hunters and recreational shooters, including by—

“(A) using social media, marketing, advertising, surveying, television spots, print, and media;

“(B) providing education, mentoring, and field demonstrations;

“(C) enhancing access for hunting and recreational shooting, including through range construction;

“(D) providing education to the public about the role of hunting and recreational shooting in funding wildlife conservation; and

“(E) using any other means to ensure the growth of hunting and recreational shooting, as determined by the Secretary;”.