NRA’s Right to Hunt and Fish Amendments Adopted in Three States
Friday, November 05, 2010
Fairfax, Va. -- Voters in Tennessee, Arkansas, and South
Carolina made a powerful statement on Tuesday by overwhelmingly
voting to include National Rifle Association-backed constitutional
amendments to protect America's great, ages-old heritage of hunting
and fishing as state constitutional rights.
"The voters have spoken and they have sent a very clear message
to anti-hunting groups like the Humane Society of the United States
(HSUS) and PETA: You and your extremist agendas are not welcome in
my state," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. "NRA will
continue to lead efforts to pass these amendments across the
nation. We must be vigilant because even as we get more sportsmen's
groups to join us in the fight, extremists are pouring hundreds of
thousands of dollars into anti-hunting campaigns."
Tennessee's Amendment received 90 percent of the vote, followed
by South Carolina with 89 percent and Arkansas with 82 percent. The
voters in these states appreciate that sportsmen are today's true
conservationists, as their license fees and excise taxes paid on
equipment fund the vast majority of wildlife and conservation
efforts in the country. Both sportsmen and wildlife were undisputed
winners on election night.
Right to Hunt and Fish constitutional amendments are a
state-by-state priority for the NRA and will continue at a rapid
pace, especially with more pro-Second Amendment and pro-hunting
legislators being elected around the country. NRA's model Right to
Hunt and Fish constitutional language, developed over the past five
years, has become the standard from which to negotiate with
legislators and game and fish professionals. Thirteen states now
have these important constitutional protections: Alabama, Arkansas,
Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.
"Hunting is in America's DNA. Indeed, it is as old as
civilization itself," concluded Cox. "NRA has long assumed a
leadership role but we must all work together to ensure that every
resident in every state is able to rest, knowing that their hunting
heritage will be there for future generations."
Established in 1871, the
National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and
sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its
mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate
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 military.