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Sportsmen Win Major Courtroom Battle Over Hunting on Public Lands

“This long sought win is a great victory for hunters everywhere, and reinforces the process of keeping national wildlife refuges open for hunting, by hunters,” said Bill Horn, the US Sportsmen’s Alliance director of federal affairs.

This long-running case began in 2003, when the Fund for Animals, which later merged with the HSUS, filed a lawsuit to stop hunting on 39 refuges. The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation (USSAF), along with other organizations, intervened on behalf of sportsmen. Anti-hunting groups later expanded the lawsuit to nearly 60 refuges. USSAF defended this case for eight years, through many rounds of hard-fought and costly briefing, providing stability in the defense as the U.S. attorneys assigned to the case changed frequently over that time.

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Senator Bingaman Announces Congressional Hearings on Off-road Vehicle Management on Public Lands

Senator Bingaman Announces Congressional Hearings on Off-road Vehicle Management on Public Lands

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), has announced that an oversight hearing on “Off-highway Vehicle Management on Public Lands” will be held June 5, 2008.

What: Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Oversight Hearing Regarding Off-Highway Vehicle Management on Public Lands.

When: Thursday, June 5, 2008, at 9:30am, Eastern Time, 7:30 am Mountain Time, 6:30 am Pacific Time

Where: Washington, D.C.

Who: Full Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; witnesses will be announced.

For more information, visit the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources website.
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Public Comment Period on Proposed Park and Refuge Firearm Regulations

“The safety and protection of park and refuge visitors remains a top priority for the Department of the Interior,” said Secretary Kempthorne. “The proposed regulations will incorporate current state laws authorizing the possession of concealed firearms, while continuing to maintain important provisions to ensure visitor safety and resource protection.”

On February 22, 2008, Secretary Kempthorne responded to letters from 51 Senators, both Democrats and Republicans, urging him to update existing regulations which prohibit the carrying of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. In his response, the Secretary directed Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Lyle Laverty “to develop and propose for public comment by April 30 Federal regulations that will update firearms policies on these lands to reflect existing Federal laws (such as those prohibiting weapons in Federal buildings) and the laws by which the host states govern transporting and carrying of firearms on their analogous public lands.”

The regulations, as currently in effect, were adopted in 1981 for national wildlife refuges and 1983 for national parks. Since that time many states have enacted new firearms policies. Currently, 48 states have passed legislation allowing for the lawful possession of concealed weapons.

“The original regulations, last substantially updated in the early 1980’s, were enacted over 25 years ago and much has changed in how states administer their firearm laws in that time,” said Assistant Secretary Lyle Laverty. “We strongly endorse the principle that states have the prerogative to develop appropriate policies and standards in this area, and believe that our management of parks and refuges should defer to those state laws.”

Once the public comment period has closed, all comments received will be evaluated and incorporated into the decision making process on a final rule. The number and substance of the comments received will determine the timeline for the final decision.

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