Gun sales boost revenues for wildlife restoration

| March 25, 2013

So, an upside to the increased gun and ammunition sales seems to be that millions of dollars are being pumped into programs that protect pheasants deer and other wildlife, according to a link to us by Ex-PH2;

Now, at a time of major belt-tightening for state environmental programs, the surge in gun sales across the U.S., spurred by fears of a legislative crackdown on some firearms, represents one bright spot for wildlife officials.

The excise tax on pistols and revolvers is set at 10 percent, while other firearms, shells or cartridges are taxed at 11 percent. Total collections in 2012 were more than $555 million, up from $388 million during the previous year, following two years of declining revenue, according to a recent Congressional Research Service report. This year, amid the recent surge in gun sales after the Connecticut school shootings, officials expect that number to spike even higher.

So, see, folks who love wildlife should be happy as the rest of sink into paranoia about our rights as gun owners. Maybe even some rock climbers will be pleased at the news.

Category: Guns

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  1. Ex-PH2 says:

    Just trying to keep the atmosphere on a positive note, JL.

  2. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Hey, isn’t that blood money? Sure, it is! It’s blood money. Children died to fund the wildlife preserve!

    Okay, I was just trying it on for size. Not only does saying that feel wrong in my gut but it makes me feel dirty. Shower time.

  3. PintoNag says:

    This is one tax I don’t gripe about. It’s one of the few examples I can think of where the tax is being used for what it is being taken for, and actually doing some good.

    I only wish that more of our taxes were like that.

  4. A Proud Infidel says:

    As soon as the politicians discover this, they’ll raid that fund for sure! They don’t want anything getting in the way of luxurious junkets and vote-buying pork!

  5. B Woodman says:

    What’s an environazi libtard to do? So conflicted!! Save. . the. . environment. . good. But . . . guns. . bad. But. . tax. . good. But . selling. more . . guns. . to. . . raise. . more. . tax . . AAAHHHHHH!! (BOOM! Head eplodes).

  6. SFC D says:

    Just imagine the conflicts that will occur when the enviro’s find out just where the money from hunting & fishing licenses goes… Along with federal bird stamps… The horror….

  7. A_Proud_Infidel says:

    @SFCD, As soon as the PETA pukes get wind of this, I’m sure we”ll hear them screeching for Hunters to use toy guns and eat tofu, just watch!