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Subject: Wooden Arrows – The REAL story

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Rich:I am an attorney at the U.S. Department of the Interior who knows something about the of the “Wooden Arrow” program.… [it] is totally misunderstood.  Under the Wildlife Restoration Act, 16 USC 669 et. seq., known as the Pittman-Robertson Act, the taxes on guns and hunting equipment are taxed, put into a trust fund and returned to the States under matching grants to fund their hunting programs.  Hunting arrows are subject to the tax, and this tax in return helps fund state hunting programs which also includes bow hunting.  There has long been a feeling among “toy” bow and arrow companies that “toy” arrows should not be thus taxed, as most children do not hunt with these toy arrows.  The purpose of the wooden arrow exclusion is to exempt toys from what is otherwise a hunting excise tax.  Not exactly the Bridge to Nowhere…

 

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