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Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes region to be Delisted Once Again

Friday, December 23, 2011

It was announced this week that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will publish a final rule removing gray wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the list of endangered and threatened species.  This policy change will take effect thirty days after the rule is published in the Federal Register and that is expected to occur next week.  This issue marks one more wildlife conservation success story funded, at least in part, by America’s hunters.

For more than ten years, wolf populations in these three states have exceeded recovery goals originally set by the FWS.  This is why the Service has attempted to delist the wolf in this region on two previous occasions, only to be thwarted by radical environmental and anti-hunting groups that filed suit in federal court.  It proves once again that, when it serves their emotional agenda, these groups would rather have activist federal judges “manage” wildlife populations rather than professional biologists.

It is expected that these groups will once again file suit in order to stop this long-overdue delisting.  As has been the case through the years, the NRA will team with other true conservation organizations in order to aid in the legal battle to help ensure science trumps emotion.

Once the wolf delisting takes effect, management authority will shift from the federal government to the states.  As has been the case with the science-based wildlife management decisions associated with wolves in the Rocky Mountains, regulated hunting in these three states must be utilized to return wolf numbers to within appropriate management goals intended to bring balance between predator and prey populations.  This essential policy will, for instance, provide some hope to rapidly declining moose populations in Minnesota.

State policy makers should stand ready to act sooner rather than later in order to establish wolf hunting seasons.  Any further delay is simply unacceptable.  The NRA will keep you apprised of developments and members should be prepared to contact their public officials to advocate for a science-based wildlife management strategy that incorporates regulated hunting.  Rest assured that our opponents will do all they can to stand in the way, regardless of the cost to the region’s wildlife.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Lawsuit Filed Against California's Assault Weapons Control Act

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced it is supporting, along with the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s newly expanded Assault Weapons Control ...

Illinois: Senate Passes Legislation that will Close Gun Stores

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Illinois: Senate Passes Legislation that will Close Gun Stores

Today, the Illinois Senate passed an amended version of Senate Bill 1657 by a 30-21 vote.  As amended, SB 1657 would exempt big box stores from its restrictions.

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

News broke this week that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reconsidered and “clarified” its Jan. 6, 2015 Open Letter on the use of stabilizing braces as shoulder stocks.

West Virginia: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Thursday, April 27, 2017

West Virginia: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Late yesterday, Governor Jim Justice signed two important pro-gun bills into law.

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

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Friday, April 21, 2017

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

Public education’s long-running “zero tolerance” war against anything that suggests the idea of a firearm (including, for example, clothing, gestures, toys, food, computer images, and favorable opinions of self-defense) has claimed another victim. This time ...

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Yesterday, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton proposed Senate Amendment 1 to his shell bill, Senate Bill 233.

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss several firearm-related bills, and subcommittee members need to hear from you.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

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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.

Rhode Island:  House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rhode Island: House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

On Tuesday, April 24, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a marathon hearing on several anti-gun bills.

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Friday, April 21, 2017

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Yesterday, the state Assembly passed Assembly Bill 7 by a vote of 44 to 29.   AB 424 was not considered during yesterday’s floor session, however it remains eligible for a vote at any time.  

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