That's the amount of OUR money we paid in excise taxes on guns, ammunition, archery, components, etc. that will be distribued to "fish and game agencies:"
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute more than $523 million in excise taxes paid by America's recreational shooters, hunters, anglers and boaters, to state fish and wildlife agencies to support fish and wildlife conservation and education programs.'Way down in the press release they mention "shooting ranges." They don't, however, break shooting ranges out of the "Hunter Safety and Shooting Range Projects" category, which receives a miniscule itsy-bitsy $42 million piece of the pie! Anyboyd want t bet what percentage of that $42 million goes to hunter recruitment and retention programs and how much goes to shooting ranges? I'll bet shooting ranges will be lucky to get $42 dollars out of the deal!
State agencies use the money to support conservation programs such as fish and wildlife monitoring, habitat improvement, acquisition of land for habitat conservation and species protection, research, education, and other programs.
This money will be used to fund the ongoing program to end shooting on public lands, to buy habitat that can only be used by birdwatchers looking for ivory-billed woodpeckers and to fuel a bloated bureacracy filled with people who DON'T LIKE US!
If this doesn't piss you off, you're not paying attention! Not one single trade association has stepped up on this, nor one single hunting group. In fact, when I bought it up to some industry heavyweights, it was strongly suggested that I "not talk about things like this," because fish and game agencies "depend" on the money...an entitlement, if you will...and if any of the money — say, half, because that's what we sport shooters and the tactical community pony up each year — is "diverted" to other programs, it could have "major consequences" on acquiring new lands for wildlife.
And I care why?
I am being taxed and the money distributed without my having any say into where it goes, and when I bring up that fact, people start running around with their fingers on their lips going "Quiet! Quiet! What if the shooters hear you!"