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Surging gun sales pump millions into wildlife restoration

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Surging gun sales pump millions into wildlife restoration

The recent rush by gun enthusiasts to buy firearms could have a surprising consequence: millions more dollars to protect pheasants, deer and other wildlife.

A 75-year-old program finances wildlife projects with revenue collected from a federal excise taxes on firearms. The Wildlife Restoration Fund has sent billions of dollars to states over the years, helping them buy, develop and maintain land for wildlife management.

Now, at a time of major belt-tightening for state environmental programs, the surge in gun sales across the U.S., spurred by fears of a legislative crackdown on some firearms, represents one bright spot for wildlife officials.

The excise tax on pistols and revolvers is set at 10 percent, while other firearms, shells or cartridges are taxed at 11 percent. Total collections in 2012 were more than $555 million, up from $388 million during the previous year, following two years of declining revenue, according to a recent Congressional Research Service report. This year, amid the recent surge in gun sales after the Connecticut school shootings, officials expect that number to spike even higher.

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  • fliteking

    Yet another good purpose for firearms.

  • Rodney

    It will only be a matter of time before Obozo and his crooks try to take the Pitman-Robertson funds from these sales and put it to something a liberal wants or use it to fight us. If they touch that money I will head to D.C even if I have to go alone and I will not be playing nice!!! I havae had enough of them!!!

  • 4b4mac

    Go Rodney! As a retired wildlife pro who dealt with both Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Hart funds I admit to feeling a bit sheepish for not immediately recognizing the extra income gleaned from surging gun and gear sales. The other positive, of course, is a greater and better armed citizenry decidedly committed to repulsion of personal and governmental attack! WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN TO RAISE HELL over DHS’ arming and monopolizing of ammunition production! DEMAND THAT CONGRESS DE-FUND DHS’ BUDGET to eliminate its march to create a civilian governmental army!

  • GrandmaAmerica

    Do you really believe all this money is going to protect our land and wildlife… This is one of the biggest CON job departments we have in our government and one of the most powerful.

  • RimfireRat

    Budget Control Act will reduce states’ funds for restoration programs
    http://www.pjstar.com/sports/x1522344158/Budget-Control-Act-will-reduce-states-funds-for-restoration-programs

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