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Gun sale surge brings record money for conservation grants

BILLINGS, Montana (AP)- Tax receipts from surging gun and ammunition sales have boosted money for a U.S. conservation program to a record level.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says excise taxes on guns, ammunition and archery equipment brought in $1.1 billion to be doled out in state grants in 2022 for wildlife conservation and hunter education. A related program for fish restoration brought in almost $400 million from taxes on fishing equipment and boat fuel.

A minimum of 18.5 million firearms were sold last year, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The group says ammunition sales also have been up sharply during the pandemic.

Associated Press

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