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Barack Obama


At a Glance

  • Party: Democrat
  • Date of Birth: August 4, 1961
  • Military Service: No
  • HomeTown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Hunter? No
  • Fisherman? No
Obama On The Issues

Lead Ban

Multiple agencies have looked into a lead ban during President Barack Obama's first term in office. While the sporting industry has thwarted these efforts, the National Parks Service and the Environmental Protection Agency have both explored banning or limiting lead ammunition and fishing tackle.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com

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Energy Development

As recent as the 2012 State of the Union, President Barack Obama has advocated for increased development on public lands. He has also strongly supported the need for companies to provide better documentation of how they're tapping into the energy, such as the chemicals they use to drill on public lands. He is strongly against developing important outdoor areas, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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"My administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. And I’m requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use, because America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk."

Barack Obama, 2012 State of the Union


Clean Water Act

Under the guidance of President Barack Obama, the administration has laid guidelines to expand Clean Water Act protections to private lands through incentives.

Source: www.whitehouse.gov


Invasive Species

While campaigning for President, Barack Obama outlined his commitment to halting the stop of invasive species, especially in the Great Lakes. Among other things, he appointed an Asian carp czar to lead the charge against the boom of the invasive fish.

Source: archive.chicagobreakingnews.com


Concealed Carry

During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Barack Obama made multiple statements about limiting and even banning concealed carry. However, while in office, he has not taken a firm stance on concealed carry.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

"I am not in favor of concealed weapons. I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could [get shot during] altercations."

Barack Obama, April 2, 2008, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Gun Control

While President Barack Obama has been relatively quiet on gun issues during his time in the White House, he has a track record of being very strict on gun ownership. He supports the handgun ban in Washington, D.C. and the assault weapons ban.

Source: www.ontheissues.org

"I think it’s important for us to recognize that we’ve got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets. And cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measures that I think respect the Second Amendment and people’s traditions."

Barack Obama, 2008 Pre-Potomac Primary interview


Public Lands Access

While as president, Barack Obama has worked to add public wilderness, signing the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which created two million acres of public land. However, there have been attempts by his administration to limit shooters from using public lands, which they later decided not to do.



As Americans, we possess few blessings greater than the vast and varied landscapes that stretch the breadth of our continent. Our lands have always provided great bounty -- food and shelter for the first Americans, for settlers and pioneers; the raw materials that grew our industry; the energy that powers our economy.


Barack Obama, March 30, 2009, Official Transcript


Conservation Reserve Program

While doing budget requests, President Barack Obama has frequently supported CRP. His Fiscal Year 2012 budget actually called for $145 million more than the previous year's estimate.

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