U.S. Rep Mike Thompson (CA-5), chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force today released the following statement on the economic report recently released by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) documenting the importance of sportsmen's activities in America.
"Hunting, fishing and sportsmen's activities are a cornerstone of our economy. In 2011, sportsmen and women spent a total of $90 billion, or more than was spent globally on iPads and iPhones combined. $3 billion of that went to conservation alone.
"There are nearly 37.5 million hunters and anglers in the U.S. Their money supports rural towns, small businesses and conservation efforts.
"An overwhelming majority of them also believe in the Second Amendment and support commonsense legislation to prevent gun violence. I'm one of them. As chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force I will work to make sure Congress respects the rights of law abiding Americans and acts to keep our communities safe."