Hunters’ group tries to chart new course on guns

DENVER (AP) — The loudest voices in the gun-control debate that resurfaced after December’s Sandy Hook school massacre have come from the opposite ends of the ideological spectrum.

The National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups have strongly objected to the White House’s gun-control package. Gun-control groups have countered with the body counts from Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo. Several dozen people died in mass shootings in those places last year.

In the middle are groups like The Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance, which says its membership includes about 5,000 hunters and anglers across the country. The group’s main foray into Second Amendment issues was to support federal legislation that made it easier for the government to help fund shooting ranges. Now it wants a balance: gun rights, with limits.

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