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Representative LaFontaine Addresses Conservation, Gun Issues at Sportsmen’s Town Hall

March 27th, 2013

Representative Andrea LaFontaine (R – Columbus Twp.) met with hunters, anglers and trappers in her district on March 26 to discuss natural resources issues at a Sportsmen’s Town Hall hosted by Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Richmond Sportsmen’s Club.

Rep. LaFontaine, who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources, fielded questions from the public and Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) staff addressing gun rights, dredging, the economics of outdoor recreation, protecting the rights to hunt, fish and trap, invasive species management, and wolf management.

“I’m a huge supporter of the Second Amendment. I do believe it is your constitutional right and it should be protected,” said LaFontaine, in response to a question about gun rights. “Something you can do is to continually contact your elected officials. Don’t just assume that because you are a supporter or a member of a club that we know it’s something you’re passionate about. Continue to contact us. I get quite a few phone calls and emails and it’s refreshing to hear that because it’s something I believe in and I want to know that my constituents believe the same way.”

Rep. LaFontaine answers a constituent's question.

Rep. LaFontaine answers a constituent’s question.

Over 50 people attended the Sportsmen’s Town Hall, including members of the Richmond Sportsmen’s Club, Boy Scout Troop 84 in Richmond, the St. Clair Kennel Club, Waterfowl USA, Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation, the Citizens Waterfowl Advisory Council, local DNR Wildlife Division staff, MUCC members, staff from Candace Miller’s office, Natural Resources Commissioner Louise Klarr  and citizens of Rep. LaFontaine’s district interested in conservation issues.

The Richmond Sportsmen’s Club, located in the heart of the 32nd State House District represented by Rep. LaFontaine, provided their clubhouse as a location for the town hall and even served hot dogs and chili to attendees. The club, founded in 1947, offers ranges for rifle, pistol and trap shooting, as well as a 3-D archery course.

MUCC organized the Sportsmen’s Town Hall as part of its mission to unite citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage. MUCC is also organizing the second Camo at the Capitol lobby day in Lansing on April 18. Hunters, anglers and trappers from all over the state will rally on the Capitol steps, meet with their legislators and possibly attend and testify at committee hearings like those chaired by Rep. LaFontaine.

To RSVP for Camo at the Capitol, email Drew YoungeDyke, MUCC Grassroots Manager, at dyoungedyke@mucc.org with the subject line “Camo at the Capitol.”

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