Boone & Crockett Club Releases Position Statement on Second Amendment

By Dave Dolbee published on in General, Hunting, Videos

Knowing who stands with you often determines who are willing to stand with. The primary mission of every conservation organization is, as the name implies, conservation. Thus, it is understandable that donors from both sides of an issue may support an organization that remains focused on its mission and refrains from being to vocal when it comes to political views. That being said, when the Boone and Crockett Club recently released its position paper on the Second Amendment, gun control, and firearm ownership, its answer was firmly stated in the first line, “The Boone and Crockett Club supports the right of citizens to own and use firearms.”

Here is the full release and video from Boone and Crockett.

As the oldest conservation organization in North America, the Boone and Crockett Club is often asked to comment on gun control issues and Second Amendment rights because of the close relationship between gun ownership, hunting, and wildlife conservation.

The Club believes that restricting access to firearms will directly impact participation in hunting, which is essential to the continuing success of wildlife conservation in North America, and elsewhere. The Club is concerned with any restriction on the public’s legal right to own and use firearms for hunting that could weaken or undermine our unique and successful system of wildlife conservation.

Position

The Boone and Crockett Club supports the right of citizens to own and use firearms. The Club maintains that the diverse and abundant wildlife populations that exist in Canada and the United States today are primarily the result of more than a century of wildlife conservation. The public’s right and ability to legally own and use firearms, has been, and remains, critical to the success of this conservation system.

Public ownership of firearms was instrumental to the birth of the conservation movement in North America. This movement was initiated by sportsmen that saw the need for and supported the laws, policies, funding programs, research initiatives, expert agencies, and other delivery mechanisms that are now referred to collectively as the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. A fundamental basis of this Model is that every citizen has the right to hunt for specific legal purposes, which requires the ability to own and use a firearm. Wildlife conservation would not and could not have come into existence, nor will it endure, without the public ownership of firearms.

Conservation is active and hands-on. It is a series of actions by people to maintain the integrity and continuity of nature. Hunting is one of these actions. Hunting itself is a mechanism for wildlife conservation, but most importantly it engages people in seeing the need for conservation and its results. Because of traditional outdoor activities like hunting, sportsmen have a vested interest in the security and proper management of the game species they hunt. This advocacy and stewardship extends to the habitats that support these species, which in turn benefits all wildlife—both hunted and non-hunted.

The sustainable harvest of game species is the primary means of keeping wildlife populations healthy, within the carrying capacity of their habitats, and to socially-acceptable levels. The majority of wildlife conservation programs are also largely funded through a “user pays–everyone benefits” system of licenses, permits, and excise taxes on firearms and ammunition paid by sportsmen and recreational shooters. Eliminating the right to own or use a firearm, which is the means by which the majority of game is hunted, would lead to a collapse of the very system that is responsible for wildlife and healthy ecosystems.

The Boone and Crockett Club maintains that hunting is crucial to successful wildlife conservation, that gun ownership is fundamental to hunting, and that all three are critical to one another. The Club believes the best way to ensure well-managed, well-funded and sustainable wildlife conservation programs includes the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

The Boone and Crockett Club has come out firmly in support of the Second Amendment. Whether or not you are a hunter, I am sure we can all support the B&C’s conservation efforts.

How has the Boone and Crockett Club’s position statement affected your view of it? Are you more likely to support it in the future? Have you supported it in the past? Share your answers in the comment section.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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  • james hemmingway

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    There should be NO compromise to our Constitutional 2nd Amendment Right. Forget the people here that say stupid provocative things like,”I guess you would want everyone to have a missile launcher” or “I guess you would like everybody to walk around with a machine gun on their side” These people are most likely paid saboteur agents in some building in Virginia or D.C making stupid general comments to take people off topic, divide people, cause arguments, etc. I am from a family of legal immigrants that escaped the communist Tyranny many many decades ago. My very old father still recalls how the orders came, first to register and then turn in all firearms under the deceptive, BS, “Safety for Everyone” slogan. What happened next? The communists that came to power started to “Purge” / Mass arrests and murders by the millions of Disarmed Human Beings. Mostly innocent people that were guilty of Nothing. A family member owned a house or land, well that made you and them the Enemy of the State. My father was just a boy, to this day he recalls, how they came in the early morning hours, armed with rifles, the guy in Charge wearing an Official uniform and side-arm with the report pad was jewish the others in uniform with rifles were obedient Russians (that is the Truth so in the interest of historical accuracy and Free Speech I ask that you do not censor this), and he laughed and said, “I am authority, I am now owner” and they gave my family about 15 minutes to get some clothing and photographs. they were taken to a holding place and were starved and held against their will at gunpoint, and they were 1 and 1/2 weeks away from being shipped to the Death Camps in Russia. They took my grandfather’s brother and examined his hands, the guy in charge said they were not calloused enough / not worn down enough by hard labor and therefore he was an Enemy of the State. They tied him to 2 horses and tore him apart and dragged his still living remains across the gravel road and left him to die an agonizing death. Nobody could do anything as everybody was already Disarmed. Those that tried to intervene had their heads split open by the butt of the police / soldier’s rifle. Now here we are many years after WW2 and similar people are desperately trying to Disarm the American Citizen. You know the ones (please verify yourself the common link they have is that they are jewish) : Senator dianne FEINSTEIN, Senator barbara BOXER, Representative darell STEINBERG, Senator joe LIEBERMAN, Senator carl LEVIN, Senator charles SCHUMMER, Senator richard BLUMENTHAL, Ex-Mayor michael BLOOMBERG, Mayor rham EMMANUEL (israeli dual-citizen), Ex-Democratic Chair deborah WASSERMAN, Representative henry WAXMAN, Representative adam SCHIFF, Senator frank LAUTENBERG, Anti-Gun Activist john ROSENTHAL, Anti-Gun Activist dan GROSS, and of course our current legal minds, you know; Harvard Professor alan DERSHOWITZ, Harvard Professor laurence TRIBE (a jew born in communist Shanghai China / was Obama’s professor in Harvard), amitai ETIZONI (Professor at George Washington University), elena KAGAN (Judge in Supreme Court her last name KAGAN is partially similar to communist mass murderer lazar KAGANOVICH, similar to supervisor of labor in Russian Death Camps mikhail KAGANOVICH, similar to communist murderer Stalin’s mistress rosa KAGANOVICH), GINSBURG (Judge in Supreme Court), etc., etc., etc. I researched these people and Ted Nugent was 100% right / correct when he identified the people in our country that have been and are constantly promoting Anti-american / Anti-Gun ownership agendas. More importantly, what is the NRA doing about it? The States have No Right to convert our 2nd Amendment or any of our Guaranteed Rights into a Privilege by requiring a License and Fee and most people don’t care or are not aware of it. Specifically, MARBURY vs. MADISON states that our U.S. Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, that is a fact. MURDOCK vs. PENNSYLVANIA (319 u.s. 105) states that the State Can NOT convert a Constitutionally Guaranteed Right into a Privilege by requiring a License and Fee. SHUTTLEWORTH vs. BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA (373 u.s. 262) states that if a State converts a Constitutionally Guaranteed Right into a Privilege then the person does NOT have to obey this Un-Constitutional Law and the person can do so with Immunity. Means that a person can NOT be punished for disobeying the Un-Constitutional Law. U.S. vs. BISHOP (412 u.s. 346) states that there is no Willful Intent if a person relies on the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court Cases. This case takes away the ability for the prosecution to prove the Element of Willful Intent. OWEN vs. CITY OF INDEPENDENCE (100 supreme Court Reports 1398) allows the person to sue the State / Court / Judge / Prosecutor / for not holding up the Constitution / for not following the constitution. They usually lie and tell us that we are not able to sue because they have immunity. That is a lie. Another case that removes their Immunity is MAINE vs. ?TIBIDO? (100 Supreme court Reports 2502) You see we have been lied to over and over in regards to our Guaranteed Constitutional Rights. Why? After WW2 people were tired of conflict, they came back home started families, went to school, and regular life took over. Over many decades most people are so preoccupied with their regular everyday life that they have forgotten about the Full Rights that we all Americans have. The modern day politicians and the hidden closet marxists / communists that got into political office saw this as their opportunity to step-by-step take a little of our Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights. Again, what is the NRA doing? It is my understanding that Mr. Wayne La Pierre is compensated upwards of $900,000 per year for being the Chairman of NRA. Couldn’t he have donated most of his salary, lets say $600,000 or $700,000 to place advertisements and fight the Anti-gun Movement in California? It is my understanding that the NRA spent only $50,000 to $100,000 in California to fight the Anti-Gun Movement before the recent Election. He would still have $200,000+ to live on. If I was in his position, I would do everything I could, including donating $800,000 to fight the Anti-American / Anti-Gun Movement in California. But that is me, am not Mr. Pierre. What about the other highly compensated NRA Board Members? How much money could they donate out of their huge salaries? I believe that our Constitution is most important and worth every penny. Can you envision my elderly father’s real life story from WW2, when the marxists / communists came armed in the middle of the night to murder innocent people because their hands were not calloused enough / not worn down enough by hard labor / because they owned land or a business. Imagine most or the entire village being armed with rifles, how would that turn out for the marxist / communist traitors? Most likely my father’s family would still have a successful grain milling / flour making business. The marxists / communists took everything and brought mass death, fear, despair, and ruined Millions of lives. Here in Modern times they say, “New World Order”, “Global Elites”, “the Shadow Government”, but just look at the names above and do a little research who these people really are. You will find that they are not Eskimos and that Ted Nugent was Right. So, gentlemen, I implore you, take some time away from the useless Entertainment / Sports and your latest fashion gadget / phone, read our Constitution and the Supreme Cases I provided, and Say No compromise because the Anti-American / Anti-Gun laws like the Brady Bill, the Gun Control Act of 1968, etc., etc., etc., are all Unconstitutional and Illegal. Also, any time somebody uses the terms, “High-capacity” to describe the standard magazine capacity, Correct them / don’t do business with them until they correct it on their Website or in their Catalog. Any time someone uses the term, “Assault-rifle” Correct them and don’t do business with them until they correct these phrases. If you see a story, be cautious and suspicious, after all why did our above politicians pass House Resolution 4310, House Resolution 5181, House Resolution 5736??? It is my understanding that H.R. 5181 was passed in May of 2012 just 7 months before the FEMA Capstone Drill in Sandy Hook. These resolutions allow our corrupt politicians to use lies / false flag events / staged incidents / partially true and partially false events / hoaxes etc., etc., etc. When you see a story like I did some time ago that a man stole 7,000 guns over many years, think to yourself, What are the odds of it being true? My logic says he would have to steal at least one gun each day for 7,000 days and of course people must have left their guns outside and unsecured 7,000 times and of course he got away. How about the story some time ago that the person had several thousand rounds of ammunition on him? Ask your wife or girlfriend to lend you the kitchen scale and weigh 1,000 rounds .45acp or even 9mm, how many pounds is that? My friend did just that and it would be the equivalent of carrying 2 car batteries. How did the individual carry that? That is like carrying a couple of car batteries not including whatever else that person had. Use your God given logic and evaluate these stories like a detective. Many people say the police is on people’s side. Maybe? I copied a photograph of Senator dianne FEINSTEIN at some Anti-American / Anti-Gun rally some years ago. FEINSTEIN displayed 2 crescent AK magazines taped together in such a manner that they were practically taped end to end. This made the magazine appear to be 24+ inches long and the uneducated person would easily buy into this disinformation. Even worse, is that the former Chief of Los Angeles PD, Bratton and former Los Angeles County Sheriff, (now a convicted criminal) both stood there and did not do anything to correct senator FEINSTEIN! What does that tell you? At least with how the upper echelons of police stand on the 2nd Amendment. A honest person would inform Senator FEINSTEIN of the ridiculousness and give her a chance to correct the disinformation right then and there. They did not do so and the disinformation was released to the public. So, where does Law Enforcement really stand on the issue? Copy and Paste the information if you so choose, verify for yourself and hold people accountable for all disinformation. I am not a member of any organization and I do not have any hidden agendas. America is the best country in the World and is the only country in the World with a unique Constitution that Guarantees its’ citizens the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. As world history clearly shows us, the American citizen has too much to lose by compromising. Wishing all the best to all.

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  • CountryLogic

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    I once felt as you do now Robert until the government told me I couldn’t buy an AR type weapon, until the government tried to limit the type of magazine and ammunition I was allowed to buy. At that point I realized that any God given right that requires permission from anyone, ceases to be a right and becomes a privilege. A privilege that can be taken away at the whim of a bureaucrat. Therefore, no more compromise.

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  • TomC

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    Robert, you can take your phony strawman arguments and stuff them.

    If you honestly believe that NO ONE is interested in taking away your guns, then I can only suggest you return to the cave or desert island where you have been living for the past 50 years.

    We don’t need to be part of the Tin Foil Hat crowd to know that there are some well-organized and well-funded groups that are actively working to implement UK and AU style “sensible gun control” in the US. They are clearly much smarter than you are, because they understand that they cannot jump directly to their goal, but have to work incrementally, one small step at a time – sometimes one state at a time – and that occasionally they will lose a little ground – but none of that stops them because they take a longer view and every compromise brings them one small step closer to their goal.

    The be very blunt, the rabid anti-gun folks are NOT our greatest danger — people like you ARE.

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    • Robert Weiser

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      The only people wearing the tin foil hats, as you state, are people such as yourself, to be blunt. People such as yourself, the gun conspiracy theorists, are the greatest threat to the 2nd Amendment.

      People such as yourself, in their blind hatred of anything not 2A will be it’s undoing. Folks like me, the unassuming shooters, who don’t need to walk around with a weapon strapped to my hip to feel safe aren’t a danger to gun ownership, rabid people, such as yourself, who feel they have to display their manhood on their hip will prove to be your own undoing. And moderate folks such as myself will suffer right along with you.

      Your long view doesn’t extend beyond your own nose …. I am all for gun ownership, bought my first weapon after retiring from the military, so your strawman bullspit is just that bullspit…..

      And with that being said, this argument is over, people such as yourself won’t see reason, unless it agrees with their arguments …..

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    • Matt

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      NO, you’re a left leaning liberal. I can tell because you don’t say and think the exact same way as these guys do. It’s all or nothing with them. Owning guns and supporting the shooting sports isn’t enough, you have to rabidly hate anyone who isn’t a republican, and NEVER ever criticize anything that Trump does, if you aren’t willing to do this, then they will point their finger at YOU as the enemy. A fellow gun owner. How sad. They are so willing to be divided.

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  • Sean

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    THE SECOND AMENDMENT ISN’T ABOUT SHOOTING FREAKING BAMBI AND THUMPER! The second amendment is there for defense against a tyranical government and foreign invaders, maybe even home defense. But when the 2a was written, nearly everyone hunted for meat, there weren’t huge grocery stores sitting around full of food where you could go pick up some prepackaged refrigerated hamburgers. Hunting now is just a modern nicety made easier because of the 2a, very few people actually hunt to survive.

    To say the 2a is only for hunting is dangerous for all other aspects of the second amendments intentions, The people have already been severely limited in what we can own by the government with no help from hunting only fudds who see no reason to own anything but a 26 inch long barreled shotgun and a Remington 700.

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    • Matt

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      Where did they say it was ONLY for hunting? I don’t see that anywhere.

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    • Sean

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      By leaving out a defense of the second amendment for anything other than hunting they are basically saying it is ONLY for hunting.

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    • TomC

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      You got it, Matt.

      As I mentioned earlier, this statement is wishy-washy at best. It seems to have been written to try to gain favor wit shooters, but at the same time to avoid antagonizing the gun-hating liberals.

      ANY support for a “Sporting Purposes” test is dangerous – and this gives support to an even more restrictive version of the so-called “Sporting Purposes” nonsense by moving competitive shooting outside the realm of “sport.”

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  • Robert Weiser

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    Reasoning like this is more than acceptable. Rather than the “They will have to pry them from my cold dead fingers” type of reasoning for gun ownership that is soooooo prevalent today.

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    • TomC

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      Yes, Robert, I’m sure your deer rifle and upland bird gun will be the last two guns that they come to take.

      Too bad there won’t be any other guns left to support you since you chose to sell out everyone else.

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    • Robert Weiser

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      Well TomC,

      My deer rifle, as you call it, is a DPMS LR .308, and my shotgun is a model 1897 Winchester. Just because I don’t subscribe to your conspiracy theory that the government is coming to take my guns. Don try and act as if I am some malcontent working against everyone. That makes you rather pathetic.

      I don’t believe people suffering from mental illness, felons convicted of violent crimes, nor those who have other people looking after their financial affairs should have the right to own weapons, of any kind. Your camp obviously presents those categories of people as having their rights stripped away from them, when medical professionals are the ones who make the mental health diagnosis, and the legal system has made the legal determination that felons are felons.

      A simple background check would suffice to make sure those categories of people are allowed to own firearms.

      Also B&C speaks from what they (as an organization know) not this claptrap of 2d amendment rights hooligans ….

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  • TomC

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    Actually their statement does NOT give me any warm and fuzzy feelings about B&C and their “support” of the Second Amendment. Their stated position is that people should be able to own and use guns TO HUNT. This is not support of the right to keep and bear arms — this is support of the “Sporting Purposes” test, or actually support of an even more limited version of the “Sporting Purposes” test,

    Wake up — the Second Amendment was never about hunting.

    Yes, some shooters hunt, and B&C supports their right to do so. But the vast majority of firearms owned in the US are not “hunting” firearms, and perhaps more importantly the guns that are most sharply under attack are exactly those guns that B&C has virtually disavowed.

    I’d say two more things about the content and context of the statement:
    1) The statement was deliberately phrased to try to please “us” without offending “them”
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    2) They waited until the political climate was pro-gun before having the nerve to issue even this lukewarm statement.

    Overall I find this a completely gutless “support” of the Second Amendment.

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    • Robert Weiser

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      Seriously, the Boone and Crockett Club is ALL about hunting and wildlife conservation. Their reasoning is all that more acceptable because it isn’t about unfettered gun ownership that conspiracy buffs adhere to.

      Boone and Crockett states their position as a wildlife conservation organization, which in my opinion gives them more credibility than arguments such as yours …..

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    • peteyraymond

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      Good points, TomC.

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    • Maduece50

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      Here, Here, well said

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