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Issue Position: Outdoor Heritage and Protecting the Environment

Issue Position


For over 200 years, Congressman Barrow's family has farmed, hunted, and fished the land, rivers, and streams of central and eastern Georgia, and he believes that a prime responsibility of any Congressman is to preserve - for ourselves and for our children - the rural heritage and quality of life that we enjoy today.

John believes that polluters should pay for the mess they create, and that's why he has opposed efforts to shift the cost of cleanup from polluters to taxpayers.

Those of us who hunt and fish are the first line of defense in protecting the environment, and we know that conservation and recreation go hand in hand. Congressman Barrow will always fight to respect and preserve our rural traditions and the unique character of our communities.

John knows that the right to bear arms is just as important as the right to access land for hunting and fishing. And in Congress, he has consistently voted to protect our 2nd Amendment rights and defend our lands for hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking:

* Supporting the "Open Fields Bill," to help increase access to public hunting and fishing lands, while also encouraging better wildlife habitat management.

* Cosponsoring and voting for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, to prohibit frivolous lawsuits from being filed against the manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition resulting from the misuse of their products by others. The bill would also make sure that these same manufacturers are held responsible if they make a defective product or break the law.

* Voting to oppose a national database of gun owners so that our privacy and constitutional rights are protected.

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