This is something we hear from time to time.
Yes, it's true - we
most definitely are a conservation organization. Conservation exists at the heart of who we are, forming the first two statements in our mission statement:
To promote through education, lobbying, and programs the conservation and utilization of fish and wildlife resources, the protection and enhancement of habitat, and the safe and responsible practice of the shooting sports.
Being a conservation-centric organization doesn't mean we aren't
also an organization supporting firearms rights and defending the shooting sports. The two go hand-in-hand in our mind, one inseparable from the other.
As such, we oppose this recent prohibition of 1500+ firearms, which includes shotguns with removable chokes and rifles designed for hunting and the sport of long-distance shooting, the far-reaching effects of which touches all segments of the hunting and sport-shooting community. Whether you a hunter, a trap shooter, or a sport shooter, we recognize that the OiC affects you personally.
Once again, we want to remember that an amnesty is in place for
two years and that a lot can happen in that time.
Of course, always make sure that you are in compliance with the law, but we recommend
not surrendering your firearms until the end of the amnesty period and all legal avenues have been exhausted.