Because it is an election year, many state legislatures wrap up early, killing bad proposals as they end session. Unfortunately, a handful of states meet nearly year around, which requires sportsmen to be on guard. New York is one such state.
In April, we alerted sportsmen about Assembly Bill 5728 and Senate Bill 5058. This legislation outlaws the use of traditional lead ammunition for hunting on all state-owned lands. It is important to remember that AB 5728 already passed the Assembly and that it remains pending before the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and can be taken up at any time.
“We have seen an increase in the number of states pushing to outlaw traditional ammunition and it is vital that hunters make our voices heard by contacting our elected officials,” said Dillon Barto, manager of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Laws like this drive up the cost of hunting and shooting, ultimately driving people out of the sport.”
The time is now for New York sportsmen to reach out to their elected officials to oppose Assembly Bill 5728 and Senate Bill 5058. Sportsmen should also contact the members of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and encourage them to reject this legislation. Emails should be sent to:
Chairman Senator Todd Kaminsky: email@example.com
Senator Peter Harckham: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Michelle Hinchey: email@example.com
Senator Anna Kaplan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Brian Kavanagh: email@example.com
Senator John W. Mannion: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Rachel May: email@example.com
Senator Anthony H. Palumbo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Patty Ritchie: email@example.com
Senator Jose M. Serrano: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Dan Stec: email@example.com
About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.