Hunting groups band together to save California youth outdoor sports

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“A coalition of outdoor groups sued the State of California today in federal district court in Sacramento challenging a recently passed law banning the “marketing” of firearms to minors. The legal challenge by Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, SoCal Top Guns, Safari Club International and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation seeks to protect youth hunting, shooting sports and education in the state. Although described by Gov. Newsom and supporters as a prohibition on marketing the sale of firearms to youth, the new law goes well beyond direct advertising to include any marketing activity involving firearms and firearm accessories. This includes not only the purchase of firearms, but lawful use. The law’s broad terms also prohibit marketing hunter education, school-sponsored firearms teams, youth hunts, youth camps that include firearms training and even short seminars or “how to” events. The law is so broadly written that it bans social media, leaflets or flyers, videos, magazine articles or any other communication that showcases or illustrates the use of firearms by youth.” — Sportsmen’s Alliance

In Episode 292 of District of Conservation, Gabriella shares with listeners she submitted comments opposing the USFWS’s proposed lead ban on public lands and how shunting groups are challenging California’s horrible new law, AB 2571, that bans gun marketing. Tune in!

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Federal Register: 2022-2023 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations

Gabby’s Comment

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CA AB 2571

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  • Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at

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