Massachusetts: Your Urgent Action Needed to Oppose the Ivory Ban Legislation!

Please contact members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and urge them to oppose H. 1275!

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Massachusetts: Your Urgent Action Needed to Oppose the Ivory Ban Legislation!
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -( Last October, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing to discuss House Bill 1275, legislation to ban the intrastate trade in legal ivory and ivory products.  Nearly 100 individuals ranging from antique dealers, firearm collectors and musicians attended the hearing to voice their opposition to this measure.  However, now there are closed door discussions taking place to amend this legislation with no public input and the Committee reporting date for the legislation has been extended to Monday, May 2, 2016.

As previously reported, H. 1275, sponsored by Representative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), is a misguided bill that would prohibit the importation, sale, offer for sale, purchase, barter or possession with intent to sell legal ivory and ivory products in Massachusetts, with very limited exceptions.  This bill is based on the entirely false premise that it will reduce the poaching of elephants in Africa and help end the illegal ivory trade.  In truth, banning trade in legal ivory would only have a negative impact on those who possess lawfully acquired ivory in Massachusetts.

The NRA applauds serious efforts to stop poaching and the illegal ivory trade, but this proposal will not contribute to that goal.

H.1275 would, however, negatively impact those who have no part in these illegal activities.  American collectors, sportsmen, hunters, and recreational shooters have legally purchased firearms that incorporate ivory features for decades.  These include some of America’s most historically significant and collectible guns.  Ivory is also commonly integrated in accessories used by hunters and fishermen, such as knife handles, and handles for gun cleaning equipment and tools.

Additionally, this bill would not allow antique dealers and collectors to buy or sell other legal, antique ivory and ivory products such as musical instruments, jewelry and furniture pieces.  For example, a person selling an ivory product, such as an antique piano with ivory keys, could unknowingly become a felon overnight.

Historically, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has maintained the position that most ivory in the U.S. has been legally imported and that its sale in the U.S. has not materially contributed to the illegal ivory trade.  Despite this fact, these measures focus on the taking of property that was acquired legally and in good faith, and property that cannot be sold is radically diminished in value.

While the NRA stands in opposition to the illegal ivory trade and poaching, banning the trade and sale of legally owned, pre-ban ivory will not save one elephant (much less mammoths, ivory from which is covered in the bill, even though mammoths have long been extinct).

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The ivory bill does NOT ban ivory used in musical instruments or decorate an antique firearm. Ivory for piano keys is legal…except piano keys haven’t been made of ivory fo 60 years! Scrimshaw is made from ivory, not whale bone. What will you tell your grandchildren when elephants are gone? I am a sharpshooter and American archer and i haven’t met any elephants threatening my 2nd amendment rights.


You’re right Rick, Lets pull your teeth you don’t need that ivory either or maybe you’re already a gummer. Bet you NEVER, supported the NRA – the oldest civil rights organization in America. Your argument won me over.

Rick Riostirado

There is no reason to use Ivory, no reason what so ever. Going against the ban on Ivory product is immoral and illogical. I will not support the NRA if they continue this path.


There’s no reason NOT to use legal ivory. This isn’t an issue about illegal ivory from poaching. Do you even know the definition of legal ivory? These liberals are trying to ban that, and there’s no way that is going to help stop poaching, in fact if you make it all illegal, then what’s to stop higher demand for what’s already illegal now. If you’re going to define legal ivory as illegal, then there’d be no difference in the two and there’ll be more demand for black market ivory and more poaching. You can have plastic handles on your knives… Read more »

wayne witham

Making me a criminal over valuable artifacts I have owned for over 60 years makes little sense in protecting today’s wildlife… where are the brains of our political class located?


I’ll give you two guesses, but I bet you only need one.


More feel good legislation that only hurts the law abiding public and does nothing to stop illegal poaching and collection of ivory from live animals. It is time for legislatures to use their God given brains and stop using their hearts to create laws that do not correct the real issues of a problem


Your heart will lie to you every time. Liberalism is the ideology of Western Suicide.