Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

NRA Mobilizes MN Members to Protect Traditional Ammunition

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is calling on its members and supporters in Minnesota to attend a public hearing this week to express their support for the use of traditional ammunition on state wildlife management areas (WMAs).

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on a proposed lead shot ban Thursday, March 10, 6-9 p.m. at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources headquarters building in Saint Paul.

“If you are a sportsman and want to preserve your right to hunt with traditional ammunition, it’s imperative that you make your voice heard at this week’s public hearing,” said Catherine Mortensen, NRA Spokesperson. “Anti-hunting forces are waging a misinformation campaign to restrict hunting across the country.  There is no sound scientific evidence that lead shot is negatively impacting wildlife populations in Minnesota. If hunters and sportsmen don’t speak up and make sure the facts are known, the public could be hood-winked into supporting a ban that negatively impacts Minnesota’s rich hunting heritage.

The proposed regulatory mandate for WMAs in the farmland zone would impose a significant burden on many of the state’s 70,000 pheasant hunters who hunt in these areas, as well as sportsmen and women who hunt wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and other small game species on what amounts to approximately 600,000 acres of public hunting land.

At the meeting, DNR will present the proposed rule, and attendees will have the opportunity to make public statements and leave written comments.

Please consider attending this forum on Thursday, March 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to voice your strong opposition to this proposed ban on traditional ammunition and to inform DNR that Minnesotans expect wildlife to be managed using sound scientific evidence.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Headquarters Cafeteria
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
March 10, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Facts:

  • As we have seen with attempts to ban the use of lead ammunition in other states, arguments in favor of these bans are based on faulty science.  
  • To ensure proper conservation of species, wildlife must be managed with a fact-based approach. 
  • There has been no sound scientific evidence stating that traditional ammunition is having a population-level impact on any species in Minnesota. 
  • It is irresponsible to impose a government mandate for the use of alternative ammunition without basis in scientific evidence that wildlife populations are being affected.
  • According to the Star Tribune, an official with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Jason Abraham – stated that there is no new evidence lead shot is causing problems on state wildlife areas.
  • For more than a century, wildlife in the United States has been effectively managed through the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, and we have seen an incredible restoration of multiple species.  
  • There is an anti-hunting movement across the country to ban lead ammunition.  
  • Alternatives to lead ammunition come at a higher cost and can have a trickle-down effect on wildlife conservation efforts.
  • Through license fees and excise taxes paid on long guns, handguns, ammunition and archery equipment, Minnesota sportsmen fund the vast majority of the Department of Natural Resources budget, and therefore wildlife conservation efforts in the state.
  • This would price many hunters out of the field without sound scientific evidence that a lead shot ban is needed in order to protect wildlife populations.
TRENDING NOW
Outrage of the Week: Shopify Targets America's Guns

News  

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Outrage of the Week: Shopify Targets America's Guns

Hundreds of firearms retailers may have to close soon because a powerful Canadian tech company, Shopify, recently decided it was anti-gun and issued an ultimatum: Do business our way or not at all.

Divided Appeals Panel Upholds California Ban on Post-2013 Pistols

News  

Friday, August 10, 2018

Divided Appeals Panel Upholds California Ban on Post-2013 Pistols

Imagine if California, to combat what the legislature considered the serious problem of manmade global warming, required all new vehicles sold by car dealers in the state to run on grass clippings, rather than fossil ...

King County Unveils “Common Sense” Action Plan: Ban “Semi-automatic, High Velocity Weapons”

News  

Friday, August 10, 2018

King County Unveils “Common Sense” Action Plan: Ban “Semi-automatic, High Velocity Weapons”

In a July 23rd op-ed, Joe McDermott, the Council Chair of King County, Washington, introduced a multi-prong “King County Gun Safety Action Plan” aimed at reducing gun violence.

NoFundMe: NRA Protest March Nets $70 in National Fundraising Effort

News  

Friday, August 10, 2018

NoFundMe: NRA Protest March Nets $70 in National Fundraising Effort

Crowd funding is a relatively recent innovation that allows a person or cause to leverage the vast reach of the Internet to raise money for virtually every imaginable purpose. Even small donations of a few ...

Canada: Toronto Mayor Calls for Gun Bans, Ontario Premier Targets Criminals

News  

Friday, August 10, 2018

Canada: Toronto Mayor Calls for Gun Bans, Ontario Premier Targets Criminals

Canadian anti-gun politicians’ campaign to disarm law-abiding citizens continued this week. On Monday, the Canadian press reported on an August 3 letter from Toronto Mayor John Tory to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In the missive, Tory appeared to back ...

NRA Endorses Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate

News  

Monday, August 13, 2018

NRA Endorses Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) announced on Monday its endorsement of Cindy Hyde-Smith to represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate. 

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.

Adventures in Correlation

News  

Friday, August 10, 2018

Adventures in Correlation

Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut recently linked to a news article about a CDC report on homicides, claiming that “allowing more guns in more places isn’t making us safer. It’s doing the opposite.”

NRA Statement on 3-D Printers and Plastic Firearms

News  

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

NRA Statement on 3-D Printers and Plastic Firearms

FAIRFAX, Va.— Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, released the following statement on Tuesday:  

Federal Appeals Court Confirms Second Amendment Protects Right to Carry in Public

News  

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Federal Appeals Court Confirms Second Amendment Protects Right to Carry in Public

The NRA applauds a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that confirms the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a firearm outside the home for self-defense.

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.