May 22, 2009
Legislation to Allow Concealed Carry on National Parks and Refuges awaiting Presidential Signature
In December 2008 the Department of the Interior established new rules that allowed individuals to lawfully carry their concealed firearms on National Parks and Refuges if the state in which the Park or Refuge resided allowed for concealed carry. As described in the March 24th Crosshairs, this rule was recently suspended by a preliminary injunction by the D.C. District Court. In an effort to restore these 2nd Amendment Rights, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced an amendment on May 12th, 2009 to be considered as part of the Credit Card Holder Bill of Rights legislation. Senator Coburn's amendment prohibited the Secretary of Interior from enforcing the ban on transporting weapons through or carrying firearms on National Parks and Wildlife refuges, as long as the action would be legal in the state where the park resides. The Senate agreed to the addition of this amendment to the credit card bill by a vote of 67-29. The Senate then approved the whole Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights bill on Tuesday, May 19th with a vote of 90-5. The House approved the legislation as passed by the Senate on Wednesday the 20th with a vote of 297-147. See how your Representative voted by clicking HERE. The President is expected to sign the bill today. SCI would like to commend Sen. Coburn for introducing this amendment that will ensure all Americans have fully recognized 2nd Amendment rights when carrying their firearms in our National Parks and Refuges. If you would like to send Senator Coburn a note thanking him for his hard work, click HERE to contact him.
CSC Co-Chair Proposes New Guidelines For Filming Hunting And Fishing Programs On Federal Lands
"May 15, 2009 (WASHINGTON D.C.) - Congressman Dan Boren, Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, recently introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would streamline regulations regarding the filming of outdoor programming on federal lands. Outdoor programming, enjoyed by millions of sportsmen and sportswomen across the nation, has become an essential part of demonstrating both the beauty of America's public lands and also why they are set aside for public use. 'Outdoor programs play a critical role in furthering the message of conservation and providing access to public lands for citizens who may otherwise never have the chance to experience these national treasures,' Boren said. 'The lands themselves are widely considered beautiful and worthy of protections in part because of the role these productions play in showcasing them to a broad audience.'" (Source: Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Press Release) You can read the full release by clicking HERE or at http://www.sportsmenslink.org/media_room.html. The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation recently authored a letter on behalf of outdoor and sporting advocacy groups supporting this legislation and Safari Club International was proud to support Congressman Boren's legislation.
Zimbabwe: Sport Hunting Generates High Interest From Niche Markets
"Harare — The Sport hunting industry, which has risen from obscurity to a significant contributor to Zimbabwe's Gross Domestic Product, has generated high interest from niche markets in Europe and America, after Parks and Wildlife Management Authority floated a quota worth about US$100 million for the big four animals." (Source: AllAfrica.com) Read the rest of the article HERE.
Firearms Industry Says Expanding Ban on Traditional Ammunition Will Further Reduce Hunting in California
"NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The California Fish and Game Commission voted on May 13 to publish a notice of intent to expand the scope of its ban on the use of traditional ammunition to now include upland and small game in the California condor range—an action completely unnecessary for protecting condors and that will create yet another roadblock to hunting in the state, said the National Shooting Sports Foundation, trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry. The Fish and Game Commission announced its intention to expand the ban on traditional ammunition containing lead components even though the state's Department of Fish & Game does not support this expansion and despite the fact there is no scientific evidence that shows condors are at risk of ingesting ammunition fragments by feeding on small game because these are not the condor's traditional food source." (Source: NSSF Press Release) Read the full article by clicking HERE.
Rwanda: Country to Be Home to the Rare Black Rhino
"Akagera — reparations are underway to enable Akagera National Park receive an unspecified number of the endangered Black Rhinos.
Kenya and Tanzania have plans of relocating the rare species to neighboring countries, under a plan to increase the endangered animals and boost tourism in the region, wildlife officials have announced. If it goes as planned, Wildlife Authorities within the EAC will consider relocating some of the 709 remaining Black Rhinos which predominantly live in Kenya and Tanzania, to other neighboring states including Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Ethiopia in order to save them from extinction." (Source: AllAfrica.com) Read the full article HERE.
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Edited by Rowdy Yates, 26 May 2009 - 08:01 AM.