Hunters to Rosendale: Don’t gut federal conservation funding

Hunters to Rosendale: Don’t gut federal conservation funding

An elk herd on the 73 Ranch. (Courtesy American Prairie) A hunting group is calling on Montana’s congressman to withdraw his sponsorship for a bill that would threaten wildlife management and hunters’ education funding. On Thursday, the Montana Wildlife Federation called on Rep. Matthew Rosendale to withdraw his co-sponsorship of a bill that has the main intent of removing all taxes from the sales of guns and ammunition but would also potentially gut Pittman-Robertson Act funding for state fish and wildlife agencies. On June 22, in response to recent gun control legislation that passed Congress, Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Georgia, introduced House Resolution 8167 , which was originally cosponsored by 53 Republicans, including Rosendale. In his bill, dubbed the “RETURN our Constitutional Rights Act of 2022,” Clyde says he is eliminating all gun, ammunition and archery equipment taxes, because he says they violate the Second Amendment. “In case my Democrat colleagues forgot, the Bill of Rights enumerates rights to which the government cannot infringe. Unquestionably, infringement exists when the government taxes those rights to limit the people’s ability to exercise them,” Clyde said in a June 22 statement . Clyde owns a gun store in Georgia called the “Clyde Armory,” so he stands to benefit from the bill, according to the hunting website Meateater. However, the tax Clyde wants to eliminate is allocated to the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Act fund, which supports state wildlife conservation and hunters education and recruitment. Between fiscal years 2016 and 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

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