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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.
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.