December 1, 2022

Murkowski Welcomes New Interior Orders

Press Release from the Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:

New Secretarial Orders Expand Access to Federal Lands, Lift Ban on Lead Tackle and Ammunition

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed her support for two secretarial orders announced by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during his first full day on the job.

Secretarial Order 3347 overturns the last-minute Director’s Order 219, which would have banned lead-based products in ammunition and fishing tackle used on Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters. Director’s Order 219 was of particular concern in the State of Alaska, as many who engage in traditional subsistence activities often rely on equipment that would have been impacted by the ban.

Secretary Zinke also signed Secretarial Order 3346, which reinstated the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. This order responds to the needs of the sportsmen’s community and will expand and enhance hunting, fishing, and recreational opportunities on public lands.

“Secretary Zinke has wasted no time in taking common sense steps that are widely supported by Alaskans—particularly those who engage in traditional subsistence hunting and fishing on federal lands, and whose ability to gather food for their families was directly threatened by the order he overturned today,” Murkowski said. “I look forward to working with Secretary Zinke on a whole host of issues that are important to Alaskans and sportsmen all across the United States.”

Murkowski is a longtime advocate for sportsmen and women. In the last Congress, she introduced and led the Senate’s bipartisan package of sportsmen’s and public lands related measures. The legislation included provisions that would have protected, expanded, and enhanced hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities on federal lands.

Murkowski is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. More information about the new Secretarial Orders is available here.


Bishop Statement on Secretarial Order to Lift the Lead Ammunition Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 2, 2017

Today, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a Secretarial Order 3346 to lift the ban on traditional lead based ammunition and tackle on federal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement:

“Americans have seen their access to federal lands and Second Amendment rights deliberately eroded for decades by liberals and special interest groups in Washington. Issued in secret and without people’s input, this ban was wrong and would do nothing to benefit fish and wildlife. Today’s order represents an important check on executive abuse and reverses what was a deliberate attack on Americans’ fundamental rights and privileges.”

The House passed H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), last Congress. The SHARE Act included provisions to eliminate the burdensome regulatory requirements impeding hunting opportunities including the regulation of lead ammunition.


Day 56 – No Executive Orders


56 days of waiting! Nothing posted on the White House website about Obama’s 23 executive orders he lied to the public that he was signing.

As is typical, the wind has mostly stopped blowing into the sails of the pro and anti gun zealots in this debate over rights disguised as a need to protect the people from guns. However, it hasn’t stopped the ridiculous efforts of environmentalists and in some cases, pro gun enthusiasts who like their guns but don’t have a clue about what freedom of choice is about nor hypocrisy. Let’s take a look.

While the carcass is still warm, California, the model state for the New World Order, is attempting a state-wide ban on lead ammunition. Using only bought-and-paid-for, outcome-based “studies” on lead, those seeking the ban are claiming lead from bullets is really hazardous to the environment and can make kids sick.

Consider this statement in the article linked to:

Bill supporters, including pediatrician Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, say lead shot in animals consumed by humans is a public health issue because it puts children at risk of brain damage.

These already brain damaged believe that the risk of lead consumption from eating animals poisoned from lead (how many animals per capita have lead in them that don’t die? How many people eat wild game?) is worthy of banning lead ammunition while I’m willing to wager these same brain damaged are first in line to get their flu shots and vaccines from our trustworthy government and government-run health care system. And we haven’t even brought up the food they eat.

Quite a level of blind hypocrisy and ignorance I’d say.

And speaking of which, the tiny Maine town of Byron, population around 140 (YEE HAW!), voted down a proposed mandate that all households have a gun and ammunition. While some were opposed to the proposal for various reasons, even the writer of the proposal voted against it saying it needed tweaking.

When I first heard the town had voted down the proposal, I assumed it was because they saw that it was once wrong to mandate rights. I mean, one would assume people have a firm grasp on freedom of choice. But evidently not. The “tweaking” had more to do with becoming more of a hypocrite and doing what President Obama is famous for, creating exemptions, i.e. make a mandate and then create exemptions. Make sense?

One could argue that it’s a backdoor approach to protecting Second Amendment rights but the beauty of living in what was once a free country is that people should have the choice. As is contained in the video I posted on this website earlier today, Rand Paul explains that mandated regulations only take away a person’s right to decide for themselves what is best for them. Coming in the backdoor is no different than a direct frontal assault on rights.

Instead of amending this proposal to include exemptions as suggested, “exempt convicted felons, those with mental illnesses, and people with religious or moral reservations”, throw it in the garbage and spend the time and resources to make individual gun ownership a positive and lasting experience……BY CHOICE!