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Gov. Terry Branstad (seated
among lawmakers and bill
supporters) signed a new law
allowing for a mourning dove
hunting season in Iowa. The
new law authorizes the Natural
Resource Commission to add
Iowa to the list of 40 other
states whose conservation
efforts and local economies
benefit from dove hunting.

Photo by Jimmy Centers

Dove Hunting Ban Lifted In Iowa

O

n March 23, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a new
law authorizing a mourning dove hunting season.
This National Rifle Association-backed legislation
passed both houses of the state legislature with broad bipartisan support despite the heavy opposition of anti-hunting
groups such as the Humane Society of the United States. With
this historic expansion of hunting opportunity, the governor
has further exemplified his steadfast commitment to sportsmen and gun owners.
"The time has come that Iowa's hunters are afforded the
same hunting opportunities as hunters in all six of its border
states," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. "Because of dove hunting, millions
of additional dollars will now go to fund wildlife and habitat

conservation in Iowa and thousands of new hunters will be
recruited to the state's fields and forests."
Originally sponsored by state Sen. Dick Dearden, D-Iowa,
and managed on the House floor by Rep. Rich Arnold, R-Iowa,
the new law authorizes the Natural Resource Commission to
add Iowa to the list of 40 other states whose conservation
programs and local economies benefit from dove hunting.
Doves are the most popular and abundant game bird hunted
in America and there is no biological justification to continue to
deny Iowans the right to hunt them.
"On behalf of NRA's 4 million members, I'd like to thank
Gov. Branstad and the legislative supporters of this important
bill for ensuring scientific wildlife management trumped the
emotion of the opposition," concluded Cox. "Resurrecting dove
hunting in Iowa is a great step in continuing to preserve Iowa's
proud hunting heritage."

Amtrak Reports Success With Firearms In Checked Baggage

I

n a 90-day progress report on its
new program to accept firearms in
checked baggage, the Amtrak rail
service announced smooth riding for
passengers traveling with guns.
The program began after passage
of the Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations
legislation that funded Amtrak rail service.
As part of the bill, Congress adopted an
amendment by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker,
R-Miss., requiring Amtrak to begin accepting passengers' guns. Implementation of
the program began on Dec. 15, 2010.
Contrary to predictions by opponents, there have been no crime or
safety problems, and few hassles for
passengers. Amtrak found that

299 passengers transported firearms
through 105 of the system's 145 rail
stations, with only 21 "isolated incidents"
and only four formal complaints. (Ironically, despite restrictive local laws, the
station handling the most firearms-by
far-was Chicago, Ill.)
The report also notes that the
reservation system is under continued
evaluation to fix any minor problems
and to make recommendations to
improve the system for future passengers. Amtrak expects to handle more
than 2,200 reservations for firearms or
ammunition during 2011.
Potential passengers wishing to
transport firearms should be aware that

the service is permissible only at stations where checked baggage service
is available. Amtrak must be notified
by phone at least 24 hours in advance,
and passengers must check in at
least 30 minutes before departure. All
firearms must be unloaded and stored
in locked, hard-sided containers. For
details, go to www.amtrak.com and
search for "firearms."
NRA-ILA strongly supported the
change in Amtrak policy to allow firearms
in checked baggage. The 90-day report
shows that the program has been implemented without major problems and that
Amtrak is making efforts to improve the
program where needed.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(April 1-30, 2011)
Norman Soncarty, Potlatch, ID (from Virginia Soncarty); David Erickson, Denver, CO (from Ann Erickson); Larry Cato, Abbeville, SC (from Jean Cato); John Powell,
Loretto, TN (from Ginny Powell); John Edwards, Gardnerville, NV (from Billie Edwards); Jacob Kern, Lockport, NY (from Joseph Kern); Gaines Shults, Alamosa, CO
(from Tim West); Donald Dressler, Jr. (from Modesto Rifle Club, Inc.); Edward B. Manning & S. Karl Spyridon (from the Ohio Gun Collectors Association)

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following contributed $1,000 or more to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action during April 1-30, 2011.)
The Estate of Larry Fleming, Rochester, NY; Lee A. Beaman, Nashville, TN; Jeffrey P. Smith, Merrick, NY; Howard Sucher, Delray Beach, FL; Harvey Knowles,
Cincinnati, OH; Thomas Marmon, Ada, MI; Brownells, Inc., Montezuma, IA; Philadelphia Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Philadelphia, PA; Wells
Rifle & Pistol Club, Wells, MN; Cape Radiology Group Care, Girardeau, MO

IL A G rassro o ts: ( 8 0 0 ) 3 9 2 - 8 6 8 3 * NR A- I L A : ( 703) 267-1170 * NR A- I L A web s i te: w w w. nr aila. org
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