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President Barack Obama, Presidential Debate, October 16, 2012: “We’re a nation that believes in the Second Amendment, and I believe in the Second Amendment. We’ve got a long tradition of hunting and sportsmen and people who want to make sure they can protect themselves.”

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Lew Carpenter fly fishing on the Big Thompson River, Colorado. Photo: Christine Carpenter

Four years ago, President Obama made promises to sportsmen on the Second Amendment, conservation and access issues they cared most about. He has kept those promises, listening to sportsmen and partnering with them along the way. Mitt Romney has a record that doesn’t match up to his tall tales, including those he told in the debate last night. As President Obama pointed out in the debate, Mitt Romney can’t hide from his record. When Mitt Romney was Governor, he quadrupled fees on purchasing or carrying firearms and supported an assault-weapons ban, stating, “I don’t line up with the NRA.”

President Obama supports the rights of gun owners that are protected under the Second Amendment, and signed legislation that expanded the rights of licensed gun owners early in his presidency, allowing them to bring firearms into national parks. He is working with states and landowners across the country to make more land available for hunting and fishing and has invested in public access programs in 25 states that will open up an estimated 2.4 million acres of private lands for hunting and fishing. President Obama’s administration is also investing in projects in all 50 states to conserve wildlife and lands and signed one of the largest expansions of wilderness conservation in a generation. This is in contrast to Mitt Romney, who has lied about being a “lifelong hunter,” and Paul Ryan, who – even though he hunts and fishes – has proposed to gut important sportsmen programs. See for yourself:

1. ROMNEY’S PROPOSALS WOULD GUT PROGRAMS IMPORTANT TO SPORTSMEN

· The Romney-Ryan Budget Would Gut Programs Most Prized by American Sportsmen: The Romney-Ryan budget could cut funding for conservation and outdoor recreation programs by nearly 20 percent – including those that conserve waterfowl habitat, assess fish stocks, eradicate invasive species, and set land aside for recreation and conservation.

· The Romney-Ryan Budget Would Cut Funding for Hunting Grounds:The Romney-Ryan budget could cut those funds needed to manage the National Wildlife Refuge System, which conserves some of the most important hunting grounds in North America.

· Mitt Romney Would Sell Off Public Land: Romney has said that he doesn’t understand the purpose of federal land. His proposal would sell millions of acres of public land now used for hunting and fishing, handing them over to special interests – even though recreation and tourism on public lands supports more than 400,000 jobs and generates nearly $50 billion in economic activity.

2. ROMNEY’S REAL RECORD REVEALS A CANDIDATE THAT “JUST DOESN’T GET IT”

· Mitt Romney Quadrupled Fees on Purchasing or Carrying Firearms: After taking office as governor of Massachusetts, Romney drastically increased fees for firearms dealers, ammunition licenses and more.

· Mitt Romney Tried to Raid Sportsmen Funds: As governor of Massachusetts, Romney tried to raid the fish and game fund created from hunting and fishing license fees and used to conserve wildlife across the state.

3. ROMNEY’S “EXPERIENCE” SHOWS THAT HE IS WILLING TO SAY ANYTHING TO BE ELECTED

· Mitt Romney Wasn’t Honest about his Hunting Experience and Gun Control Record: When Romney ran for the Senate in 1994, he said “I don’t line up with the NRA.” But in 2007, Romney falsely claimed to have been endorsed by the NRA when he ran for governor. He later joined the NRA only after deciding to run for President. In 2007, he claimed “I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life” but admitted he only had gone twice.

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