From the National Shooting Sports Foundation
-- One more negative outcome of the inability of Congress and the Obama administration to reach an agreement on reducing the federal deficit may be the siphoning off of millions of dollars from wildlife conservation funding provided by the 10-11 percent tax paid on new firearms and ammunition under the 75 year old Pittman-Robertson Act.
This eventuality is courtesy of the budget sequestration measure that forces a $1.2 trillion cut in federal spending should Congress fail to enact a deficit-reduction plan.
Because no such agreement is yet in view, draconian mandated across the board budget cuts, sometimes referred to as the fiscal cliff, are what awaits the nation starting early in 2013.
Granted, there are larger economic issues posed by our burgeoning national debt and the inability of our elected leaders to reach a comprehensive agreement on taxing and spending, but any funds taken from what is supposed to be a dedicated trust fund to benefit wildlife conservation still constitutes a breach of trust with America's sportsmen and reneges on a promise first made during the height of the Great Depression.
Hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts should call their U.S. representatives and senators at (202)224-3121 and urge them to safeguard Pittman-Robertson funds for their historic conservation purposes.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.