ESA Listing Protects Lions in Africa and India

african-lionIn response to the dramatic decline of lion populations in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced it will list two lion subspecies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Panthera leo leo, located in India and western and central Africa, will be listed as endangered, and Panthera leo melanochaita, located in eastern and southern Africa, will be listed as threatened. Continue reading

President Obama Signs NRA-Backed Measures into Law

Fairfax, Va. – President Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It includes several NRA-backed provisions — expanding gun rights on stateside military bases; prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from banning traditional ammunition; and saving taxpayer dollars by allowing gun collectors to buy vintage military surplus pistols.

The NDAA includes an NRA-backed provision requiring the Secretary of Defense to establish a process for commanders at military bases, reserve centers, and recruiting centers to allow service members assigned to that base or facility to carry a firearm.  After the July murder of four Marines and a police officer at two Tennessee recruiting centers, the NRA called for a policy change to allow military personnel to carry weapons while on station. This NDAA provision is a good first step in the effort to fully restore the Second Amendment rights of military personnel.

“The brave men and women in our Armed Forces should not be left defenseless against terrorists on American soil. Local commanders now have the authority to allow service men and women to be armed while on base. Members of the military should have the same ability to defend themselves as every other law-abiding citizen,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action.

Another NRA-backed provision in the NDAA prohibits the EPA from banning traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act. This provision is necessary because extreme anti-hunting groups have filed multiple petitions with the EPA to ban the use of lead ammunition. Those petitions have been rejected, but those groups use the administrative rejections as an excuse to sue the agency in pursuit of the same restrictions.

“Prohibiting the EPA from banning traditional ammunition is a huge victory for hunters, recreational sportsmen and our military,” said Cox. “This ensures that our military, hunters and sportsmen will have access to traditional ammunition at a reasonable cost.”

The NDAA also includes a cost-saving provision that allows the U.S. Army to transfer its surplus vintage firearms to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) for public sale. Currently, the Army stores excess M1911A1 pistols in a warehouse costing taxpayers approximately $200,000 a year. Transferring these vintage pistols to the CMP will allow them to inspect, grade, and ultimately sell these pistols through federally licensed firearms dealers.

“The NDAA puts an end to the wasteful government practice of warehousing firearms.  It’s a common sense measure that saves taxpayers money and allows gun collectors to add a sought after vintage sidearm to their collection,” added Cox.

“The enactment of these common sense, NRA-backed provisions into law is a result  of the American people electing a pro-Second Amendment majority to the United States Congress. On behalf of our members, I want to thank all those lawmakers who stood firmly on the side of freedom, ” concluded Cox.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at NRA on Facebook and Twitter @NRA.

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NRA-ILA | How to Stop Violent Crime

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.

Source: NRA-ILA | How to Stop Violent Crime

FWC commends recently approved Seminole County bear ordinance

Flordia_silThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) commends Seminole County on its unanimous vote Tuesday to approve an ordinance that will help deter bears from lingering in Seminole County neighborhoods. The ordinance requires residents to take precautions to remove food attractants such as unsecured garbage, and encourages the use of bear-resistant trash receptacles. Continue reading

Taxidermy: Why Does It Cost So Much?

moneyLet’s talk about Taxidermy prices for a minute. As an avid hunter myself,  I can relate to the fact that hunting and fishing are expensive and time consuming hobbies. A lot of money is investing in licenses, trips, guns, bows, leases, trucks, 4 wheelers, clothing, tree-stands…it is an endless sea of consumer merchandise targeting hunting enthusiasts. The goal of all of that time and expense is to enjoy being one with nature, right? Wrong! Well, maybe that is part of it but next to having a freezer full of wild meat, most of us are after one thing…big horns. So after all of that time and expense, why would you settle for anything less than the highest quality when it comes to getting it mounted? Continue reading

Common Sense

stock-footage--we-the-people-background-with-us-flag-and-old-ship (1)How would you feel if your 14 year old child was suspended and subsequently arrested for bringing to school a “clock” project in a suitcase that just happened to look like a bomb? I know how I would feel…mad, pissed off with a case of the butt! I would be stomping my feet, pulling out my hair and screaming from the top of my lungs….I HAVE FAILED!  MY CHILD HAS NO COMMON SENSE! SOMEBODY SHOOT ME! I mean, the last thing I would want would be to have to go to the Whitehouse or take a worldwide tour with the little knucklehead after a stunt like that.

To say that I am pretty po’d that this delinquent kid Ahmed Mohamed, with a history of behavior issues, has become a hero is an understatement….I am even more appalled that he and his parents are suing the city of Irving Texas for $10 Million and attempting to extort the School district for $5 Million…because, as their Attorney stated, “…the responsible adults involved irrationally assumed that Ahmed was dangerous because of his race, national origin and religion.”  No stupid! It looked like a BOMB and in case you haven’t noticed our world has changed…all the picket fences are gone and nobody watches Leave It to Beaver anymore. Idiot. Continue reading

Florida hunting opportunities to enjoy this December

Flordia_silThere’s finally a chill and certain festiveness in the air as many of us make plans to go afield during the holidays. It’s such a special time of year. Children will be out of school on winter break soon. Friends and family are gathering. And for some, there’s time off from work. This holiday season, celebrate the natural way by enjoying one of Florida’s traditional hunting opportunities listed below. Continue reading