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Arizona: Anti-Hunting Groups Launch Initiative to Ban Cougar, Bobcat Hunting

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Arizona: Anti-Hunting Groups Launch Initiative to Ban Cougar, Bobcat Hunting

Recently, the anti-hunting group “Arizonans for Wildlife” filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office to begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to ban the hunting and trapping of mountain lions and bobcats in the state. Arizonans for Wildlife, with the backing of other anti-hunting extremist organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Center for Biological Diversity, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, will have until July 2018 to gather 150,642 valid signatures to place the initiative on the November 2018 ballot.

Please spread the word to your family, friends, and fellow hunters to oppose this effort by anti-hunting extremists to ban mountain lion and bobcat hunting in Arizona. Help protect Arizona’s rich hunting heritage and science-based wildlife management by declining to sign petitions circulated by “Arizonans for Wildlife.

Currently in Arizona, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) manages wildlife populations using a science based, comprehensive game management plan to ensure predator populations, including mountain lions and bobcats, are kept at healthy population levels. Maintaining predator populations at their objective management levels through well-regulated harvests also ensures their prey populations, such as deer, bighorn sheep, and antelope are kept at robust levels. 

Unfortunately, this misguided initiative would bulldoze through Arizona’s comprehensive unit based management plan by applying a radical “one-size fits all” ban to AGFD’s ability to effectively manage these predator populations across the state. Anti-hunting organizations, such as “Arizonans for Wildlife,” ignore the fact that hunting is a necessary tool used by state biologists to ensure healthy wildlife populations, and has long been a part of Arizona’s rich hunting heritage.  Furthermore, hunting in Arizona supports important wildlife and habitat conservation projects with funds generated through the Pittman-Robertson Act, and is a vital contributor to the state’s economy.

Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated on the status of this initiative. In the meantime, please spread the word about this anti-hunting effort by forwarding this email to your friends, family, and fellow huntersStay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in Arizona.

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Louisiana: House Passes Constitutional Carry, Now Headed to Gov. Landry’s Desk for His Signature

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Louisiana: House Passes Constitutional Carry, Now Headed to Gov. Landry’s Desk for His Signature

Today, the House voted 75-28 to pass Senate Bill 1, the NRA-backed constitutional carry legislation that passed the Senate last week.

Washington: Two Anti-Gun Bills Advance Through the Legislature

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Washington: Two Anti-Gun Bills Advance Through the Legislature

On Tuesday, February 27th, HB 2118, the “FFL Killer” passed the Senate, and SB 5444, "sensitive places" expansion, passed the House. Both bills were amended in the second chamber and now must return to their ...

Louisiana: Constitutional Carry Advances to the House Floor – Final Vote Imminent

Monday, February 26, 2024

Louisiana: Constitutional Carry Advances to the House Floor – Final Vote Imminent

Today, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee passed the NRA-backed constitutional carry legislation, Senate Bill 1, by a 10-3 vote. The bill now heads to the House floor for a final vote this week. SB 1 ...

Minnesota: Two Anti Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard in Committee

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Minnesota: Two Anti Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard in Committee

On Thursday February 28th at 10:30 am, House File 601 and House File 4300 will be heard in Room 200 of the State Office Building by the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee and the Children and ...

Maine: PETITION: Stand with Maine Gun Retailers

Monday, February 26, 2024

Maine: PETITION: Stand with Maine Gun Retailers

Gun Control groups are launching an all-out assault on the Second Amendment in Maine. Their most recent tactic?

Maine: Gun Registries, Red Flags, Universal Background Checks and more.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Maine: Gun Registries, Red Flags, Universal Background Checks and more.

It has been a busy week for Maine’s anti-gun politicians. From releasing a new bill that would implement Universal Background Checks and Red Flag laws in Maine, to Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02) pushing for a ...

Indiana: Pro-Gun Bills Pass the Senate

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Indiana: Pro-Gun Bills Pass the Senate

Yesterday, the Senate passed House Bill 1084, The Second Amendment Privacy Act, a bill to prohibit the use of firearm-related Merchant Category Codes.

Colorado: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move through the State Legislature

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Colorado: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move through the State Legislature

Two anti-gun bills continue to move in the Colorado State Legislature. HB24-1174, introduced by Majority Leader Monica Duran (D-HD 23),  is set to be heard next week in the House Finance Committee. HB24-1310 , introduced by ...

Minnesota: "Assault Weapons" Ban Referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Minnesota: "Assault Weapons" Ban Referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy

On Monday, House File 3570 was referred to the House Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy and would ban so called “assault weapons” by expanding upon an existing statute used to define these firearms. The bill ...

Colorado: Semi-Auto Ban Introduced in General Assembly

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Colorado: Semi-Auto Ban Introduced in General Assembly

Anti-Gun extremist State Reps. Tim Hernandez (D-04) and Elisabeth Epps (D-06) introduced House Bill 24-1292, a bill banning the manufacturing, importing, purchasing, selling, offering to sell, or transferring ownership of so called “assault weapons”. 

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