I was the first to see this coming.
From USA Today: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Hunters across the country say they are boycotting Colorado because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence.
I appeared on the NRA News Cam and Co. TV show on Sportsman Channel 3 weeks ago, and the topic of Colorado came up. The Governor had just signed 4 gun-control bills that severely impact our 2A rights. I’m paraphrasing here because I do not have a transcript of the show, but I told Cam and the audience:
“Hunters are a powerful economic force in this country, pumping more than $22 billion into the economy each year and supporting a million jobs…hunters are a sleeping giant…I think we will respond to restrictive gun laws like this…I think you’ll see many hunters not visiting Colorado this fall…there are a lot of other states that have good elk and mule deer hunting, and that support the Second Amendment…”
Well, it’s happening. There are reports that hunters are cancelling DIY trips on Colorado public land, and outfitters are reporting cancellations. How much money will the state lose? We’ll know more by next spring, but I bet it will be significant.
Sadly, the people who will be hurt the most are not the urbanites in Denver or Boulder. The very pro-hunting and pro-gun folks in the rural areas of Colorado–the shopkeepers, hoteliers, bar owners, outfitters and guides–will suffer this fall and lose a big portion of their annual income. I hate that, but it is time we step up and say enough is enough. Like I said during that TV interview there are many more places to hunt elk and deer and spend our money, and those other states are friendly to gun owners/hunters. Montana, South Dakota, Idaho…they want our business!
Legal weed, onerous guns laws…what has happened to beautiful and game-rich Colorado?
Question: Would you boycott a state (and not spend your money there) over onerous new gun laws?