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.
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