• March 1, 2024

Interior Secretary Shoots Down Last Minute Obama Anti-Gun Action

In a finally flurry of Executive Orders issued in the last two days of his administration, President Obama managed to take yet another swipe at the Second Amendment and gun enthusiasts. Just one day before leaving office, with no fan fare, the Obama administration issued an action to ban all ammunition containing lead. An act that was certain to drive up prices of ammunition even more than his purchases of massive quantities of ammo by virtually every government department.

But that order meant a swift end yesterday when, on his first day as Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, reversed that order. Gun-rights supporters had condemned the earlier action as being nakedly political, just like most actions taken by the last administration.


Zinke, who is a former Montana congressman and avid hunter, said the new order would increase hunting, fishing and recreation opportunities on millions of acres of land managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

In a statement to news media, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said Zinke’s action “represents an important check on executive abuse and reverses what was a deliberate attack on Americans’ fundamental rights and privileges” by the last administration. Zinke’s action reverses a decision by the Obama administration to phase out use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on wildlife refuges by 2022, an action that had already started to drive prices higher for sportsmen.

On Thrusday, Secretary Zinke, came to work in a rather unusual way, on horseback. The trip was an effort to display his solidarity with those that for him, especially the U.S. Park Police. Zinke told reporters the hunting order and another order directing agencies to identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded were intended to boost outdoor recreation in all its forms.

The Secretary said: “Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy,” in a statement. “Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the industry generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.”

In the last eight years, hunting and recreation enthusiasts have seen trails closed and dramatic decreases in access to public lands across the board thanks to actions taken by the Obama administration. Zinke said: “It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite. This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.”


Like most of Mr. Trump’s appointments, Zinke is not letting any grass grow under his feet in taking necessary actions to repeal and replace unconstitutional and repressive actions that were taken under the auspices of Barack Obama and his uber-liberal followers.

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