July 25, 2017
NSSF Praises N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s Signing Sunday Hunting Expansion Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, is praising North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper for his signing today of the bipartisan Sunday hunting expansion legislation. The legislation, HB 559, Outdoor Heritage Enhanced, improves upon the Outdoor Heritage Act passed in 2015 and creates additional opportunities for North Carolina sportsmen and women.
“Many hard-working hunters without access to private hunting lands will benefit by being able to participate with their children in the precious limited time available during their favorite hunting seasons,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “We thank Gov. Cooper for standing with North Carolina sportsmen and women by removing barriers to these traditions.”
With Gov. Cooper’s signature, additional barriers to Sunday hunting will be lifted by allowing the state Wildlife Resources Commission to create a process which could open more than 2 million acres of public land for Sunday hunting. Outdoor Heritage Enhanced also removes prohibitions on hunting within 500 yards of a residence, allows the Wildlife Resources Commission to conduct a comprehensive study and formulate rules allowing migratory bird hunting on Sunday, removes the blanket prohibition of hunting within counties having a population greater than 700,000 people and requires any county wishing to “opt-out” of Sunday hunting do so by a county-wide voter referendum.
The legislation gained the support of Richard Childress, a North Carolina native and life-long hunter. Efforts to create additional hunting opportunities were the focus of the N.C. Sunday Hunting Coalition, including NSSF, the National Rifle Association, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Delta Waterfowl and Safari Club International. The coalition worked closely with state legislators and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to achieve these legislative milestones on behalf of North Carolina sportsmen and women.
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, visit www.nssf.org.