Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Gun Control Panic Fuels Wildlife Agency Coffers
Widespread fears Obama would enact sweeping control changes have created a nation- wide windfall for wildlife agencies. The Pittman-Robeson Fund, which is funded by excise taxes on guns and ammo is up 40 percent over the previous year. For Montana the increase translates to about $3.5 million extra for wildlife conservation.
The tax is collected by the Feds from firearms and ammunition manufacturers and distributed to state agencies based on number of hunters and habitat. Montana's cut was $12.5 million. State wildlife officials voiced skepticism the windfall will continue.
Meanwhile the rest of us hope and pray such skepticism is unfounded; like tell us it ain't so and divvy up even more next time around.