SCI’s Annual Lobby Day was a rousing success! This year saw a 23 percent increase in the number of SCI Members participating resulting in SCI having 20 percent more meetings. Overall, SCI met with a third of Congress in one day to express our concerns for hunting related issues.
During a Lobby Day meeting with Senator Vitter (R-LA), John Green (right) says of the new Customs and Border Patrol firearm export rules that, “everyone knows it’s backdoor gun registration.”
The newly-formed Acadiana SCI Chapter was represented at SCI Lobby Day by Mike Burke, (left) and Chapter President, Greg Elliott (second from left). The pair met with Louisiana Senator, David Vitter (right), and his Chief Counsel, James Holland (second from right), to discuss many subjects including ivory importation. With respect to that importation, Burke pointed out that, “If we can hunt them [elephants], but not bring them back, the economic value goes away.”
During the 2015 SCI Lobby Day, SCI President-Elect Paul Babaz (left), Acadiana Chapter President Greg Elliott (second from left), Acadiana Chapter member Mike Burke (right) and Crossroads Strategies’ John Green (second from right) met with Blake Schindler (center), Legislative Assistant to Senator Bill Cassidy. M.D. (R-LA) to discuss the Sportsmen’s Act.
Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) addressed SCI Members prior to the group arriving on Capitol Hill to meet with legislators for the 2015 Annual Lobby Day. This year saw a 23 percent increase in the number of SCI Members participating resulting in SCI having 20 percent more meetings. Overall, SCI met with a third of Congress in one day to express our concerns for hunting related issues.
On May 8, one hundred and fifty members of Safari Club International traveled to our nation’s capitol to meet with their elected officials to voice their concerns on the USFWS importation ban and other threats to our hunting heritage.