Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Hunting

Washington - NRA Comments Concerning Proposed Rules Curtailing Recreational Shooting

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The NRA submitted the below public comments to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in response to proposed rules that contemplate the curtailment of recreational shooting on department-controlled lands.

Click here for a printer-friendly version (PDF)


May 23, 2007

WDFW Commission Members
600 Capitol Way North
Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Dear Commission Members:

On behalf of the National Rifle Associate (NRA), I am submitting public comments regarding the proposed rules that constitute the New WAC Chapter 232-13.  The NRA has thousands of members in Washington State who will be affected by the proposed rules.

The NRA appreciates WDFW’s clear commitment to our hunting heritage on lands it controls.  This is made evident by its recognition that hunting is a “primary purpose” for the public use of department-controlled lands.  Of course, hunting is a critical tool in the effort to manage and conserve game animals and habitat.

Recreational shooting opportunities on public lands and effective hunting go hand-in-hand.  In order to ensure safe and humane harvests of game animals, hunters need to be able to practice their shooting skills in real-world settings and have convenient places to zero their rifles before hunting.

The proposed rules contemplate the curtailment of recreational shooting on department-controlled lands.  This is of great concern to NRA and its members.  In the “reasons supporting proposal” section of the Department’s document, there is mention of “activities…inconsistent with fish and wildlife management goals.”  The suggestion is that recreational shooting is somehow one of these inconsistent activities.  As already mentioned, the NRA contends that recreational shooting and the associated enhancement of marksmanship skills is perfectly consistent with wildlife management goals in that they enhance hunter safety and efficiency.

The Department’s document also mentions “activities [that] prevent others from enjoying fish and wildlife recreational opportunities.”  Recreational shooters have an outstanding safety record and shooting on public lands is a time-honored tradition.  The NRA requests that the Department not restrict recreational shooting opportunities because other public land users are able to hear distant shooting that is being conducted in a safe and responsible manner.

Specifically regarding the new proposed rule affecting recreational shooting in WAC 232-13-110, the NRA requests the elimination of subparagraph (1)(b) and paragraph (2) and a modification to subparagraph (1)(c) to insert a “good faith effort” or “due diligence” standard.  All responsible recreational shooters endeavor to leave their shooting site in the same or even better condition than when they arrived.  However, it is sometimes impossible to account for every single shell casing or small piece of target paper dislodged from a target while shooting.  The strict liability standard that is proposed might have unintended consequences of having a chilling effect on recreational shooting or penalizing truly conscientious shooters who do their level best to clean their shooting location. 

Regarding subparagraph (1)(d), the NRA requests that “cans” be eliminated from the list of prohibited targets.  Unlike glass bottles, for instance, the “plinking” of aluminum cans is a responsible, age-old tradition that allows for easy retrieval of the targets when shooting is completed.  The recreational shooter using cans as targets would still be subject to the “clean-up” requirement proposed in subparagraph (1)(c). 

Recreational shooting is a safe, time-honored activity on department-controlled lands that is consistent with the Department’s wildlife management goals. Because of this, recreational shooting should be protected and encouraged on these public lands.

Sincerely,

Darren LaSorte
NRA-ILA
Manager of Hunting Policy

TRENDING NOW
NASCAR Takes a Hard Left

News  

Friday, August 30, 2019

NASCAR Takes a Hard Left

After decades of NASCAR drivers literally turning left for hours every race day (road course races excluded, of course), the governing body appears to be taking a figurative left turn, politically. K-Var, a retailer in outdoor and ...

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Declares NRA a “Domestic Terrorist Organization”

News  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Declares NRA a “Domestic Terrorist Organization”

On September 3, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution, “declaring that the National Rifle Association is a domestic terrorist organization and urging other cities, states, and the federal government to do the same.”The resolution was ...

News  

Friday, September 13, 2019

NRA Statement on Texas Governor's Safety Action Report

The National Rifle Association released the following statement on Friday regarding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Texas Safety Action Report:   

“Pro-gun” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Turns on Second Amendment Supporters, Sides With Anti-Gun Lobby

News  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

“Pro-gun” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Turns on Second Amendment Supporters, Sides With Anti-Gun Lobby

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick uses his political website to claim he is “leading the fight for life and liberty in Texas, including … standing up for the Second Amendment.” He also proudly notes his prior NRA endorsement. But ...

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Florida Alert! Are You Ready For Gun Registration?

A Constitutional Amendment calling for an "assault weapons" ban is being proposed for the ballot in 2020.  The definition of "assault weapon," in the amendment, includes ALL semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.  If the amendment goes on the ballot ...

California: Anti-Gun Bills Sent to Governor

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

California: Anti-Gun Bills Sent to Governor

Earlier this week, the California Legislature cast final votes on AB 12, AB 61, AB 879, AB 1254, AB 1297, and AB 1669, which will now move to Governor Newsom's desk for his consideration.  

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Groovy: Former NY Times Editor Wants to Return to 1960 Gun Laws

News  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Groovy: Former NY Times Editor Wants to Return to 1960 Gun Laws

Proving once again that ignorance is no bar to publication in the U.S. legacy press, former executive editor of the New York Times Howell Raines has offered his inane take on the current gun control ...

News  

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

The 1994 Clinton Crime Bill's Firearm Provisions

President Clinton signed the 1994 federal Crime Bill into law on Sept. 13, 1994, including the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which made it a federal crime for a private individual ...

Marching Toward Gun Confiscation: Prohibition Advocates Released Unhinged Gun Control Plan

News  

Monday, August 26, 2019

Marching Toward Gun Confiscation: Prohibition Advocates Released Unhinged Gun Control Plan

This week, March for Our Lives – the gun control group that arose in the wake of the criminal mass attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. – released a lengthy plan ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

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.