Hunters Show Strong Support for Conservation, Background Checks, Strong
Opposition to Assault Weapons Ban
Survey also demonstrates strong commitment to public funding for public lands,
getting kids outdoors
DENVER, March 27, 2013
DENVER, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Three out of four hunters support
background checks with reasonable exceptions for all gun sales according to a
national poll of America's hunters conducted by the Bull Moose Sportsmen's
Alliance. The poll also highlights a significant concern among hunters
regarding loss of farmland, ranches and habitat for fish and wildlife. In
addition, the poll highlights that 94% of hunters hold a genuine concern that
they are not making their voices heard in Washington.
"The poll shows that sportsmen's passion for the rod and gun is equally
matched by a passion for conservation. They also care deeply about ensuring
that the outdoor opportunities we enjoy today will be enjoyed by future
generations of sportsmen," said Gaspar Perricone, Co-Director of the Bull
Moose Sportsmen's Alliance. "Now, more than ever, we need to get involved in
decision-making processes at the state and national level on the issues we
care about most."
The bipartisan poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Global
Strategy Group, surveyed 800 hunters nationally and asked a variety of
questions about the importance of conservation, access to hunting and fishing
opportunities, federal funding for public lands, the federal deficit and also
asked hunters' opinions on gun issues being debated across the country.
According to the poll:
o93% of sportsmen say that wildlife habitat, clean water, opportunities to
hunt and fish, and access to public lands are important issues they
consider when voting for someone
o91% say public lands are an essential part of our economy
oThree out of four hunters oppose selling off public lands
oAlmost all hunters surveyed agree that their outdoor traditions and
recreation opportunities are being lost for the next generation
oThree out of four of hunters believe that cuts to public funding for land
conservation and wildlife is a serious issue
The poll also shows three out of four sportsmen believe that 2^nd Amendment
rights can be protected while keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and
84% of hunters oppose making the manufacture, sale, or transfer of
semi-automatic firearms illegal.
"We are proud supporters of the 2^nd Amendment, but we also recognize the need
to promote responsible gun ownership including efforts to keep guns from
dangerous people," said Tim Mauck of the Bull Moose Sportsmen's Alliance. "Our
goal is to keep our children safe while ensuring that our rich tradition of
hunting and recreational shooting will be enjoyed by the next generation. We
can begin to do so by expressing these views to our elected officials," Mauck
Bull Moose plans to use the results of this poll to connect America's
sportsmen to policies that support conservation, increase hunting and angling
participation and protect 2^nd Amendment rights for sportsmen in the halls of
Washington and state legislatures.
To view the poll's key findings, click here.
About the Bull Moose Sportsmen's Alliance:
Established in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt and his commitment to
conservation, the Denver-based alliance was founded in 2010 and has grown to
include member-sportsmen and sportswomen across the United States.
SOURCE Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance
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