Florida NRA urges FWC to ban importation of deer


Lee’s note: The NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida support a ban on closing Florida’s borders to the importation of deer into the state to stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

Last month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission put off a decision on fwc2whether to ban the import of deer until their Sept. 4 meeting in Pensacola.

Here’s NRA/USF’s position paper and fact sheet on CWD.

According the USF’s press release:

“We are extremely disappointed over the flood of disinformation circulated prior to the June 13, 2013, meeting and the subsequent failure of the Commission to take action to close Florida’s borders to the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Unfortunately, the huge gap in time until the September 4th & 5th meeting provides the opportunity for self-interested parties to take advantage of the extra time in order to import large numbers of captive deer and/or other cervids into Florida.  This poses a great risk to Florida’s native deer population as well as the deer farm industry itself.

We urge the Commission to consider calling a special meeting to impose a moratorium on the importation of deer into Florida until this issue is settled.

Attached is NRA’s position paper and a CWD Fact Sheet that was prepared by our staff  — working with experts at the national and state levels.  We hope you will take the time to review this information and take the fastest possible action to protect Florida from CWD.”


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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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