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September 15, 2017

Interior Sec. Zinke Signs Order to Expand Access to Public Lands for Sportsmen


NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, praised Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for his decisive leadership today in signing a secretarial order that will expand access to public lands and increase opportunities for hunting and outdoor recreation nationwide.  The action follows Sec. Zinke’s announcement at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation annual dinner Wednesday that he would  soon sign such a secretarial order addressing longtime priorities for hunters, recreational shooters and outdoorsmen and women.

“Secretary Zinke’s action today follows in the great tradition of President Teddy Roosevelt and recognizes the central role that hunters play in conservation and successful wildlife management,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “The National Shooting Sports Foundation is deeply grateful to Secretary Zinke for this historic secretarial order. NSSF has worked closely with and in support of Interior Department officials on these priorities and the other positive steps announced today, which will serve to benefit current and future generations for years to come.”

Federal excise taxes on the sale of firearms and ammunition, as well as the sale of licenses have generated billions of dollars in conservation funding.  Expanding hunting opportunities will provide additional revenue to help sustain wildlife populations and habitat.

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About NSSF
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 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org/.

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