Editor’s Note: Why in the world is this even on Obama’s agenda? Honestly. There are far more important things going on to ban someone’s personal trophy collection. Don’t punish the hunter, punish the poacher.
In recent Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama administration’s proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert). The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory. However, banning lawfully-owned domestic ivory will have no impact on elephant poaching in Africa. On the contrary, such a ban would affect only honest, law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless. Please see this New York Times article highlighting the broad spectrum of people who will be harmed by the ban.
Due to recent actions taken by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), any item containing ivory cannot be sold within the United States unless the seller is able to prove that the item was imported prior to 1990. The burden of proof is on the seller of the item, and FWS has yet to detail the documents the seller will need. As more information becomes available, the NRA will continue to provide updates.