Hunters begin boycott

Grizzly Johnson

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over Colorado gun laws.....


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Hunters across the country are boycotting Colorado because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence.

Michael Bane, a producer for The Outdoor Channel, announced he will no longer film his four shows in Colorado, and hunters are joining the protests.

Hunting outfitters say people began cancelling trips after the legislation passed, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported (http://tinyurl.com/cfbquoy ). The numbers are few, but growing.

Colorado's governor signed bills this month that ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, and require background checks for private and online gun sales.

Those new gun laws and others were drawn up in response to mass killings at a suburban Denver movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.

Northwest Colorado hunting guide Chris Jurney expects more state defections in a major tourism industry. Out-of-state hunters accounted for 15 percent of hunting licenses last year, 86,000, compared with 489,000 for residents.

"There's a united front of sportsmen that are tired of having their freedoms and liberties and fundamental rights taken away from them," said Jurney, vice president of the Colorado Outfitters Association. "That kind of unity among sportsmen is going to be big, and unfortunately for those of us who live here, we're going to suffer the consequences of this misguided legislation."

Legislative leaders declined to comment.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said his agency has asked the state attorney general's office for advice on impacts to hunters. While legal possession of high-capacity magazines is grandfathered in, officials want to make sure they are still legal to use.

Jurney said he expects the actual impact of gun regulations on Colorado hunters will be small. Varmint hunters tend to use high-capacity magazines, so they might be limited. He also is concerned about a provision that limits the loaning of a gun to 72 hours. Many youth hunts, in which most guns are loaned, last longer, he said.

Jeff Lepp, owner of Specialty Sports, a gun and hunting shop in Colorado Springs, predicts hunters are going to choose to visit other Rocky Mountain states.

"Small mountain towns and rural towns in this state are going to lose a lot of money because you're not going to see the number of out-of-state hunters coming here. Other states are going to see a growth," he said.

http://www.wkrn.com/story/21805658/hunt ... o-gun-laws
 

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That gun loaning law is especially dumb. Now you have to get 2 guns, and swap them halfway through the hunt to re-set the timer...lol.
 

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Politician don't give a darn about what possible impacts their legislation has. They are only concerned with how it affects their standings in the polls. The fact that it would cost jobs is of no concern to them.... right now.
 

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Good deal.
Hate it for the people that will suffer, but hope they remember the pain when they vote next.
 

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hcahunter said:
Politician don't give a darn about what possible impacts their legislation has. They are only concerned with how it affects their standings in the polls. The fact that it would cost jobs is of no concern to them.... right now.

You are correct.
 

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I hope it does GROW but the sad fact we all know will happen is the outfiters will offer discounts to make up and there is a line of hunters that WILL accecpt it because the new law does not hurt THEIR guns.
 

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Most of the outfitters are trapped with big-dollar long term leases and so long as hunters stand united, there will be a ruckus raised that will have voting results. How many times have you heard these outfitters need the hunting season to break even.

For example: Anyone ever been in Craig,or Rifle CO the opening week of the combined elk/deer rifle season? Hotels, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, sporting goods, PACKED full of out of state hunters. Gas prices go up 25 cents a gallon. Try to find a pack mule and riding horse, price is triple what it was in the summer. Look at land lease prices, they have quintupled in the last 12 years.

Take that money out of the Colorado economy and you will see some very very angry people. It will happen just in time to be fresh in their memory for the mid-term elections.
 
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