On March 9, the Georgia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted an indoor shooting range event at Stoddard’s Indoor Gun Range in downtown Atlanta. The event provided an opportunity for legislators, legislative staffers, and conservation partners to receive professional firearm training and instruction as well as discuss important conservation issues.
Senate Caucus Chair and National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council Vice President Senator Bill Heath and House Caucus Chair Representative David Knight welcomed more than 30 legislators representing both political parties and both chambers, and thanked them for their commitment to protecting and advancing the interests of sportsmen and women.
Sen. Heath noted the growth and strength of the NASC program which now includes 48 states and over 2000 state legislators. Representative Knight discussed the importance of the American System of Conservation Funding and the contributions made through recreational shooting as well as the purchase of hunting and fishing licenses.
The event was made possible by generous support from the American Suppressor Association, Georgia Carry, the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
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- Increase the price of hunting and fishing licenses, tags, permits or stamps (8.97%)
- Create new species-specific stamps (e.g. trout stamp) (3.85%)
- Implement a conservation stamp for non-consumptive users (e.g. hikers, bikers, birdwatchers, etc.) that use state-owned lands (30.77%)
- Adopt a Conservation Sales Tax at the state level on all taxable goods, with the funds allocated for conservation projects (15.38%)
- Adopt a Dedicated Sales Tax on Outdoor Goods (a state-level tax on outdoor goods similar to the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs) (23.08%)
- The creation of non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for state wildlife agencies (17.95%)