Hunt/Fish – Major Hunting & Wildlife Orgs Pen Letter Against Unnecessary Gun Restrictions

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 9.43.29 AMIn a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 31 of the most influential organizations in the outdoors expressed their concern over restrictions to gun ownership. The list of signatories includes many prominent groups, including:

Archery Trade Association
Boone and Crockett Club
Campfire Club of America
Catch-A-Dream Foundation
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
Conservation Force
Dallas Safari Club
Delta Waterfowl
Masters of Foxhounds
Mule Deer Foundation
National Rifle Association
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Trappers Association
National Wild Turkey Federation
North American Bear Foundation
North American Grouse Partnership
Orion, The Hunter’s Institute
Pheasants Forever
Pope & Young Club
Quail Forever
Quality Deer Management Association
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Ruffed Grouse Society
Safari Club International
Texas Wildlife Association
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
Whitetails Unlimited
Wild Sheep Foundation
Wildlife Forever
Wildlife Management Institute
Wildlife Mississippi

The letter addresses the issue of tragic shootings such as the one that occurred in Newtown, and mentioned five things that the organizations support:

  • Improvements to the already-existing National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
  • Strict enforcement of existing firearm laws
  • Changes to the treatment of the mentally ill
  • Improved security in schools
  • Community-based “family watch” programs that seek to deal with potential problems before they occur

Beyond these five points, the organizations oppose any “unnecessary restrictions” to the procurement and possession of firearms.

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