Hunters from around the country are planning to boycott Colorado after the state passed stricter gun control legislation last week. “Republican opponents of the new background-check law said it would make criminals of hunters lending each other [guns] for weekend hunting trips. In response, Democrats changed the bill to give people a 72-hour grace period to share guns without triggering background-check requirements. Republicans then complained the bill would imperil weeklong hunting trips,” according to the Associated Press.
And the backlash has begun. Outfitters have reported a flood of trip cancelations from out-of-state hunters and Michael Bane, a producer for the Outdoor Channel, said he would no longer film his four shows in Colorado.
“There’s a united front of sportsmen that are tired of having their freedoms and liberties and fundamental rights taken away from them,” Chris Jurney, vice president of the Colorado Outfitters Association, told the AP. “That kind of unity among sportsmen is going to be big, and unfortunately for those of us who live here, we’re going to suffer the consequences of this misguided legislation.”
Of course, it’s too early to tell if this unofficial boycott will actually have a large economic or political impact on the state, but in the meantime it should at least serve as a warning to other states considering similar legislation.