On Thursday, June 20, Alaska Governor and Governor’s Sportsmen’s Caucus member Sean Parnell signed legislation to reform their state’s knife statutes. Introduced by Alaska Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus member and National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council Vice President Representative Mark Neuman, H.B. 33 legalizes the possession, transfer and carrying of certain types of knives that are attractive to many who hunt, fish and recreate in the outdoors, but were previously illegal in Alaska. Additionally, H.B. 33 also pre-empts local efforts to restrict access to or possession of these tools both now and in the future.
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Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?