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.