About Hunters Against Gun Violence

We are all hunters, former hunters and/or gun owners. We cherish our right to use firearms in a safe and responsible manner to pursue recreation and provide food for our families. We believe in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court.

allison-huntingThe Court affirmed that the right to keep and bear arms is not absolute or unlimited, but is subject to regulation. Such regulations already include concealed weapons prohibitions, limits on the rights of felons and the mentally ill, laws forbidding the carrying of weapons in certain locations, laws imposing conditions on commercial sales, and prohibitions on the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.

We are deeply troubled by the increase in mass shootings and generally widespread use of guns in domestic violence, suicides and the incidental, unintended deaths due to careless use or storage of guns. Thus, we believe more gun safety regulation is needed. We also believe that such regulation is encouraged under the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment. We acknowledge that new regulation may involve some inconvenience to law-abiding gun owners and that it must be part of a comprehensive approach to reduce violence in our society.

Accordingly, we do not support the senseless proliferation of guns that have no relationship to, or utility for, reasonable self-defense, recreational use such as target shooting, or lawful hunting of game animals and varmints. Nor do we support the sale of guns or other lethal weapons to persons with a history of violent crime, spousal abuse or mental instability. So, we support universal background checks for gun purchases.

In addition, we support limitations on the size of magazines for center-fire weapons. The use of high capacity magazines cannot be justified for hunting, recreation or self-defense. In fact, high capacity magazines in rifles or shotguns are already illegal for use in almost all hunting in Colorado and most states. High capacity magazines were designed for military use, to provide the opportunity for maximum killing potential for members of our armed forces. There is no reason to provide such massive killing power for ordinary citizens interested in recreation, hunting, or defense against household intruders.

Citizens interested in the public good, in public safety, and in the curbing of senseless violence against innocent persons, must be encouraged to support common sense regulations. Such regulations can limit the proliferation of guns and gun magazines that have little use in the context of hunting, recreation or personal protection and yet enable the killing or injuring of large numbers of people in a very short period of time. We are dedicated to our right to use firearms in the context of hunting, self-defense and recreation. We are equally dedicated to the encouragement of gun regulations that can protect our communities from the military-style assaults and assassinations that have proven so difficult to police against when military-style weapons and ammunition are so readily available.

Firearms Basics

Take a look at this document on the Basics of Firearms: Hunting, Shooting Sports, and Self-Defense. It has all the information you would want to know on firearms.

2nd Amendment History

Take a look at this briefing: The Hidden History of the Second Amendment