NRA Applauds U.S. House Resolution Supporting America`s Sportsmen
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
The National Rifle Association (NRA) applauds the United States House of Representatives for passing a resolution by unanimous consent voicing congressional support for America`s millions of hunters and sportsmen. NRA would like to thank the sponsors of this resolution, Congressmen James Walsh (R-NY) and Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), and the 37 original co-sponsors for their recognition of the positive contributions made by hunters and sportsmen across the nation.
House Resolution 362 recognizes the importance and contributions of sportsmen to American society; supports the traditions and values of sportsmen; supports the many conservation programs implemented by sportsmen; recognizes the many economic benefits associated with outdoor sporting activities; and recognizes the importance of encouraging the recruitment of, and teaching the traditions of hunting, trapping, and fishing to, future sportsmen.
Hunters and sportsmen play a pivotal role in America`s economy and society, and have been leaders in promoting wildlife management and conservation. Since 1939, hunters and shooters have paid over $4 billion on excise taxes on sporting equipment. Hunters and fishermen fund nearly 75% of the annual income for all 50 state conservation agencies. And, hunters contribute $21 billion to the American economy each year.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.