2014 NFOA Legislative Education Summit

Members of the NFOA’s Legislative Committee are hosting an education summit for Nebraska’s elected state officials and their staff.

The intent is to educate our legislators on firearms-related issues and discuss how they have been addressed by other states recently.

There is no charge for state elected officials, or those currently running for state offices, and/or their staff to attend.

Please contact your state elected officials and encourage them to attend.

Place: Lincoln Izaak Walton League, Lincoln Chapter 65

Date: September 12, 2014

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Minutes of the July 2014 NFOA Board of Director’s meeting

The July NFOA Board of Director’s meeting ran from 8 AM Monday July 7th through 10PM Friday July 11th.

1.) Approve June Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes were approved as posted.

2.) Treasurers Report
Beginning Book balance 6/1/14 – $14,387.37

Total Expenditures – $91.86
– One debit $38.96 for Benchmark Email
– One debit $52.90 for Web Hosting

Total Deposits – $393.51

Ending Book balance 6/30/14 – $14,689.02

3.) Membership Report
The numbers for this month are:

General membership           7429   increase of 54
Associate membership            49   no change
Youth membership                  26   no change
Total  membership               7504   +54 on July 7th 2014

4.) Committee Reports
4a.) Legislative
Rod provided a report on plans to host a Legislative Education Summit for Nebraskan Legislators later this year.

4b.) Events and Fundraising
Nothing significant to report.

4c.) Communications
Toby provided a synopsis of his plans with the committee.

4d.) Membership and Recruiting
Jeremy presented plans for an NFOA presence at an upcoming Hunting Expo at Scheel’s in Lincoln. General reception from the board was positive.

4e.) Web Admin
Dan provided an update on maintenance efforts for the forum.

5.) Any Old Business
Dan brought up the need to approve wording to apply recent organizational changes decided up on in the previous board meeting. The updated language for the bylaws was discussed, and a final version approved. A copy of the bylaws with the changes highlighted is attached.

6.) 2014 Annual Member Meeting
Educational seminar plans and efforts to recruit a keynote speaker where discussed.

7.) Renew NFOA Phone Expense
Chris reminded the board of the need to renew the NFOA’s phone number, requiring an approval of payment. The motion to approve the expenditure was approved unanimously.

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Hornady Calls for Campaign Against HSUS Petition On Public Lands

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Hornady Calls for Campaign Against HSUS Petition On Public Lands
Call Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and tell her to reject the HSUS petition that threatens hunting on public lands! Call 202-208-3181 and email our pre-written letter to voice your objection.

The future of hunting is under attack! Hornady® Manufacturing urges firearms owners, hunters and sportsmen to call Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and demand she reject a petition filed by the HSUS that seeks to ban hunting with traditional ammunition on public lands.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), anti-hunting groups, and five individual sportsmen have teamed up to file a petition with the Interior Department demanding rules that ban hunting with traditional ammunition on public lands – more than 160 million acres of federal lands managed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That’s one-fifth of the total land area in the United States.

Weighing in at a hefty 50 pages, this petition is rife with emotional statements based on fuzzy science, and fails to make the case that using traditional ammunition threatens wildlife or humans in such a way as to justify eliminating it altogether. It claims prohibiting lead ammunition should be an easy accomplishment since non-lead alternatives are available. But this is nothing more than a back-door way to ban hunting altogether, by making the sport of hunting in America cost prohibitive. Once the rules change with regard to traditional ammunition on public land, it opens the floodgates for over-reaching restrictions on hunting as a whole.

Tell Interior Secretary Sally Jewell how this petition falls short on reason and logic:

It lacks sound science to support banning the traditional hunting ammunition used by hunters for centuries.
It is another attempt by the HSUS to ban hunting altogether.
The adverse impact of traditional ammunition upon wildlife has not been substantiated to the point of necessitating such a drastic move.
There is no evidence that consuming game taken with traditional ammunition poses a human health risk to hunters and their families.
Approving this ban would reduce the 11% excise taxes currently raised from the sale of traditional ammunition, which is used to support wildlife conservation. A ban of traditional ammunition would harm the very animals HSUS claims to protect.


Here is a list of the groups filing this petition:
Humane Society of the United States
Fund for Animals
Defenders of Wildlife
Natural Resources Defense Council
Wildlife Conservation Society
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
South Florida Wildlife Center
Chocolay Raptor Center
Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition
Northwood Alliance
National Wolfwatcher Coalition
Five individual sportsmen, including Judd Hanna, former California Fish and Game commissioner

The truth has been clearly revealed. HSUS and its ilk want to ban hunting altogether. Don’t let them succeed. Call your officials today:

Dept. of Interior Office of Communications: 202-208-6416
Dept. of Interior Executive Office: 202-208-3181
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at 202-208-3181 or submit a letter and demand the rejection of the HSUS petition.

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