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Hunter Safety Thanks to Our NRA

Cover picture for the articleIn July 1952, National Rifle Association members learned in an article in The American Rifleman that New York had strived for five years and had thus succeeded in creating a “systematic and thorough program aimed at reducing hunting accidents.” In the article, reprinted from the New York State Conservationist in the only NRA official journal of the time, author P.W. Fosburgh explained the New York Conservation Department had concluded the “most practical means” of reducing hunting accidents was to “make sure persons to whom hunting licenses are issued are properly qualified to handle firearms safely.” Since the state lacked sufficient resources, it had turned to the NRA to develop a firearm training course: “Legally designated as the New York Conservation Department’s agent, the NRA has now been conducting such courses for two full years.”