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Conservation Funding Could Become Casualty of Gun-Control Battle

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Conservation Funding Could Become Casualty of Gun-Control Battle

Ten bills were introduced on the first day of the 113th Congressional session that deal with firearms. Most of those seek to ban certain modern sporting rifles and restrict magazine capacity. In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings it shouldn’t be a surprise to see gun bans and other anti-gun legislation being brought forward. It’s also no surprise that Second Amendment advocacy groups are fighting hard to stop this new legislation.

But there’s another facet to this story we all must consider: how all of these severely restrictive guns laws, if passed, would influence our public land access and conservation funding. Most folks don’t seem to realize that banning AR-15s would severely erode funding for popular access programs paid for by Pittman-Robertson funds.

Pittman-Robertson funds come from an excise tax placed upon firearms, ammunition and reloading supplies. In fiscal year 2012, that meant a proposed $370,759,585 were to be given to the state game and fish agencies to be used to increase access to landlocked public lands, create and fund new shooting ranges, protect some of our best habitat through conservation easements and help states pay for the management of non-game species so hunter and angler dollars weren’t used to manage long-legged Myotis rather than elk, trout, and bighorn sheep.

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  • http://twitter.com/DustyFae StarDust Dolittle

    I am still being told that each state has the say of their guns and what they want. So l been sending things to my state to help us fight all the bad these restrictions are doing. Plus more and more people are getting mad at the WH and government for using the graves of the 20 dead kids as a excuse to ban guns.

  • Docs357

    It’s about controlling Americans By stripping our rights one by one. Man has only those rights he can defend. These liberals are all for communism not about FREEDOM LIBERTY AND JUSTICE. This is an administration of people who want to be the rulers under a dictator

  • e111w

    This article was not attributed to a name so I must respond indirectly (which is OK). I’m a retired fish & wildlife professional. Just for the record, a Myotis is a bat – more commonly the Little Brown Bat (Myotis). This bat is on the feds critical list. Funding for critical (endangered/threatened) species tends to be categorized and disbursed separately but, yes, the money does represent a piece of the excise pool. There have been certain other state and federal appropriations for the critical critters as well.
    Understand that with the primary exception of migratory species (waterfowl in particular) wildlife regulations are made, largely enforced and also funded by the states. The states are the major stakeholders – but – federal excise disbursements seriously help with programs that informed hunters and other outdoor users hold dear (or should). State regulations regarding firearms and other “weaponry” (I hate the term) deemed legal for harvesting wild resources vary widely. Some, for example, limit the kinds of firearms useable. Some do not allow the use of crossbows. Unless their law has been changed, Pennsylvania allows only flint and external percussion (“traditional”) black powder rifles for hunting. Some states limit cartridge magazines to, say, five rounds. One must ask why any hunter capable of decent marksmanship – and knowledgeable and ethical enough to select appropriate shots – should ever need more than five internally accessible rounds? This is, you understand, an entirely different matter than the one we continually face infringement where the REAL reason for the Second amendment applies. Hunting is almost universally classified as a privelege. The Second Amendment is about a RIGHT!
    To close: I tend to doubt that interference with AR platform and any other “pseudo military style” semi-auto certerfire rifles (used for hunting) would make any great impact upon federal funds. (The most serious contention regarding sales lies mostly with the manufacturers.) Dedicated hunters will continue to purchase guns. As far as I know, no one has raised hell about the Browning BAR, Remington Gamemaster and similar. Just in case your adrenaline is rising, BACK OFF ALREADY! The AR and its “cousins” have their place. They will continue to be purchased. Practically everyone knows the great majority of these rifles are bought with other uses in mind. Currently, for crying-out-loud, one can scarcely buy one and prices are spiking. Nuff said.

    • Rattlerjake

      Hunting is a right, not a privilege. Licenses and hunting fees are supposed to be for wildlife management funding and overlaps into helping endangered and non-game species. Hunting laws are supposed to be to prevent over hunting and to maintain replenishable populations of game species for everyone to have equal access and opportunity to harvest or experience . Caliber and weapon type restrictions are to establish minimums necessary to properly take wildlife, and seasons are set to allow breeding and raising of young and prevent young animals from being abandoned from loss of parents. Problem is that wildlife and natural resources departments have become self- centered, selfish organizations that just want to establish more and more control without necessity to do so. But hunting is a natural right!

    • knowitall

      Nobody is talking all about hunting ,it is target shooting and competition type shooting as well as self def.for the home.And as far as the type differents between the BAR ,Remington etc. rifles and the AR 15’s is “NONE” they are both SEMI-AUTO’s and only a fool that has no idea of what they are talking about would object ! Just because the movies show these AR ‘s as machine guns ,the guns sold to the lawful gun owners of America are again semi auto’s not full auto’s. and what do you mean when you state “other uses in mind” ?????? You a mind reader too ? You remember that taxes paid on these type guns and the ammo they use along with the money spent that goes along with the sports these guns are used for is a great lost to the economy . You better get a hold of reality and the 2nd Admin. before your friends from the government come to ask for your guns too ! God Bless.

      • e111w

        I expected some adrenalin charged responses to my post and even warned against them in anticipation. To wit: Rattler says hunting is a right. Perhaps one might consider consider such within the context of “natural” law – just don’t try to apply the theory in court. Ask the private landowner on whose land you might wish to hunt what he/she thinks about that!
        As for “knowitall”: Son, I’ve experienced you in my classrooms more times than I can recall.
        Those students were the ones who could read but not accurately explain what the message or article had said. My post was purposefully factual, articulate and inclusive of explanation. “Other uses” should obviously mean self defense and/or defense against tryannical government or foreign invasion. Please read my post again and, this time, make a real effort to comprehend it. Individuals with preconceived and erroneous opinions speak poorly for the cause.

    • MontieR

      The money should NEVER be given to Fedzilla to start with.

  • paulrph1

    I think the liberals think the conservatives want the killing of innocent people. Nothing could be further from the truth the conservatives know the solution proposed by the liberals is not the answer. Just look that what has happened. It did not work at Ft. Hood, in the elementary school, it does not work in Chicago where Obama is from. History has born this fact out. Do you honestly think that drug cartels will give up their guns–no way that will ever happen.

    • Rattlerjake

      All of these mass murderers, thugs, and gangstas are liberals. Conservatives have values, they especially value human life. This is why liberals have to twist the truth to support their desire for eventual confiscation of guns.

  • MontieR

    Frankenstien and ALL of the anti gun cabal, ARE directly responsible for EVERY mass killing in the last 30 years. Their lack of the grasp of reality by making gun free killing zones and ILLEGALLY removing our right to bare arms has left us in this DEADLY mess. Molon LABE. I have the human right to defend myself. The CRIMINAL act of supporting ANY gun ban is TREASON.

  • DaHeat

    “Smart Guns” is about a stupid as alcohol testing devices on vehicles. You just have someone else buy your guns for you, or buy from a private seller. In regard to the breath testing devices on cars, just have someone else blow into the machine for you. You can also store ‘clean’ breath in a bulb, and use it later to start your vehicle. Biden, ever with his goofy grin on his face, and looking like he is senile… This token white guy makes White people ashamed to be White… Rank and file law enforcement are pro gun. But the media always contacts management types, like the IACP instead of talking to the rank and file street officers… Obama has taken away funding for National Parks, and now drug growers and sellers, users have taken over control of National Parks, and the American citizen can not safely access those parks. A large amount of smuggled drugs are coming through those National Parks. Of course Obama thinks that is okay, because he has given the green light to illegal aliens, including his own relatives who are in this country illegally!!! Obama IS a devout Black Muslim Communist, criminal offender, and a traitor!…

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