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Gun Control: the Impact on Hunting

  • The fight against gun control, in general, is inseparable from the fight for the rights of hunters.


  • More than 50% of all hunters engaged in target shooting and 22% of hunters visited shooting ranges. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and U.S. Department of Commerce, 2012)


  • Many hunters wish to bring a sidearm, such as a handgun, for protection while hunting.


  • For example, under a bill anti-gun politicians proposed in 2013, one could share a gun while out hunting in the field, but back at the hunting camp, it would be illegal to clean someone else’s gun, or even to loan a family member a gun for a weekend hunting trip
  • In the past, numerous politicians have opposed bans on many items that hunters use. These include folding stocks – which make a rifle or shotgun much easier to carry in a backpack while hunting or camping- and grips, which are very useful to increase accuracy while hunting, as hunters often do not have sandbags or a benchrest. (CATO Institute)


  • Increasing waiting periods and other regulations would add to the burdens, both financial and time-wise, of hunters.

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.